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About TORC

The Texas Obesity Research Center (TORC) is administratively housed in the Division of Research at the University of Houston. It is funded by diverse sources including the National Institutes of Health and the University of Houston.

The Texas Obesity Research Center intends to promote interdisciplinary research, education and training and foster local community collaborations to develop state-of-the-art obesity prevention and control methodologies through cross-sectional and longitudinal research investigating psychosocial, environmental and biologic determinants of obesity and its consequences.

Obesity research has rapidly become an emerging important interdisciplinary and translational research discipline. Our researchers' backgrounds are primarily in Ecologic Studies, Physiology and Behavioral Sciences, and their exceptionally strong research productivity promise to make TORC the leading institution in the field of obesity research. Most of our faculty have existing research alliances with institutions in the Texas Medical Center and around the country.

The goals of TORC are threefold:

  • Research activity and development
  • Education and training
  • Community service


The mission of the Texas Obesity Research Center is to conduct basic and applied research in obesity prevention, treatment and control. TORC will educate students in an interdisciplinary approach to topics related to obesity and its comorbidities. TORC will enhance collaborations within and among the University community, health professionals, and social agencies on projects related to obesity and centralize efforts to obtain funding from foundations, industry, and the federal government.