This morning, OHSU announced that Bob and Charlee Moore, founders of Bob’s Red Mill Natural Foods, made a commitment to donate $25 million to create the Bob and Charlee Moore Institute for Nutrition and Wellness at OHSU. The institute will focus on research, policy, and public outreach related to the health effects of poor nutrition—on conditions such as obesity, type 2 diabetes, and even autism.
Advanced research from basic science to behavioral studies at OHSU played a substantial role in attracting this pledge. Especially notable: OHSU researchers were among the first to publish on the health consequences to children when they were born to under- or over-nourished mothers—effects that can last generations. OHSU’s leadership in this area is evident in its sponsorship of the 7th Worldwide Congress on the Developmental Origins of Health and Disease (DOHaD), which kicks off this weekend here in Portland. An important goal of the new Institute will be to figure out strategies for translating the discoveries of DOHaD researchers at OHSU and beyond to changes in practice—essentially, to use these findings to change our nutritional behavior.
For more information about the new Bob and Charlee Moore Institute for Nutrition and Wellness, check out the news release, an announcement from OHSU President Joe Robertson, and the OHSU StudentSpeak blog.