CTSI seminar focuses on the health of Deaf adults

DWWLogo1Steven Barnett, MD, on behalf of the National Center for Deaf Health Research (NCDHR) and the Deaf Weight Wise Study Group, will be presenting a lecture on “The Deaf Weight Wise Study: A Unique Clinical Trial of Health Behavior Modification with Deaf Adults” for the Tuesday, October 1st session of the CTSI Seminar Series. An ASL interpreter will be available for this seminar.

The overall goal of the Deaf Weight-Wise (DWW) research study is to establish the effectiveness of an intervention to reduce weight gain and obesity in Deaf people who use American Sign Language (ASL) as their primary language. NCDHR will test whether an evidence-based program will be effective in changing obesity-related health behaviors in Deaf adults aged 40-70. Deaf Weight-Wise is adapted from the Weight-Wise Program, developed by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, another CDC Prevention Research Center. All phases of this study will be carried out through active partnership with the Rochester Deaf Community. To our knowledge, this is the first clinical trial to be conducted in a Deaf population. Read more about the project here.

The theme of the Fall CTSI Seminar Series is “From Test Tube to Table: Understanding the Evolving Science of Nutrition Research.” The series takes place on Tuesdays from 12:15-1:15 pm in the Helen Wood Hall Auditorium. You can access the full schedule here. Lunch is provided. Please provide your own beverage. The University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry designates this live educational activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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