About Us

The Vanderbilt Institute for Obesity and Metabolism was created in 2008, under the direction of Roger Cone, Ph.D., Professor and Chair of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics.  The VIOM provides opportunities for synergy and collaboration among basic scientists, clinicians, and public health professionals at Vanderbilt and its community partners.  Another key role of the Obesity Program is to provide a base of expertise for public (community) education, policy development and advocacy.


  • To develop the nation's leading comprehensive obesity research program addressing the epidemiology, prevention and treatment of obesity and obesity-related disease;
  • To coordinate and facilitate obesity research and education on the etiology, consequences, treatment and prevention of obesity;
  • To enhance development of new research efforts based on areas of greatest scientific opportunity and challenge, accelerating progress in obesity research.

This interdisciplinary program involves participating faculty from Molecular Physiology and Biophysics, Genetics, Nutrition, Medicine and Public Health, Cardiology, Pediatrics, Cancer, Diabetes, Surgery, Psychiatry, Psychology, Neuro-Imaging, School of Nursing, Health Economics, Employee Health & Wellness, Biostatistics and Informatics.


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Roger D. Cone, Ph.D.
Phone:  615-936-7085

Administrative Assistant
Colette Bosley
Phone: 615-936-7087