Advancing Science and Improving Our Understanding of the Most Prevalent Childhood Disorder 

The pursuit of novel discoveries for the world’s most prevalent childhood disorder, obesity and its associated co-morbidities, defines the work of the Center for Pediatric Research in Obesity and Metabolism (CPROM). 

The Center is a hub for collaborative, interdisciplinary research to study childhood obesity and co-morbidities, such as type 2 diabetes and pre-diabetes, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), sleep apnea, brain functional and structural alterations, cardiovascular disease, adipocyte biology and inflammation, and gene-environment interaction, among others. We pursue novel discoveries  while challenging dogma and conventional wisdom, ultimately leading to paradigm shifts in pediatric medicine resulting in improved health of children. 

Located within UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh and the John G. Rangos Sr. Research Center, the center’s faculty and programs are part of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics.

Led by its internationally renowned scientific director, Silva Arslanian, MD, the center supports the work of exceptionally talented researchers and physician-scientists and their teams by encouraging pursuit of their most innovative ideas. The result will have a profound impact in advancing our understanding of the causes and treatment of pediatric obesity and co-morbidities. 

Our Research Mission

We foster an environment of scientific excellence in which multidisciplinary teams of physician-scientists and PhD-scientists tirelessly work together on cutting-edge research.

Basic Laboratory Research

Our clinicians and medical scientists collaborate on investigations to provide a comprehensive understanding of the relationship between metabolism and obesity.

Patient-oriented Research

Our clinical investigations work in concert with our laboratory studies, providing a comprehensive understanding of the relationship between metabolism and obesity.

News and Activities

See a list of our recent attendance at conferences, lectures, and other events.

Opportunities to Join

We are always looking for talented, motivated researchers to join our team.  Check our latest openings.

Selected Publications

See a list of recent research publications from the CPROM team.