Rena Wing, PhD

Director, Weight Control and Diabetes Research Center


Rena Wing, PhD, is a professor of psychiatry and human behavior at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and director of the Weight Control and Diabetes Research Center at The Miriam Hospital. Wing is well known for her programmatic research investigating the most effective strategies for long-term weight loss and weight gain prevention in overweight children and adults. She was responsible for designing and implementing the lifestyle intervention in the Diabetes Prevention Program, a NIH multi-center trial that provides the strongest proof to date of the health benefits of weight loss. Currently she is Chairman of Look AHEAD, a 12-year NIH clinical trial of weight loss in 5,000 adults with type 2 diabetes. In addition, she has served on the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases Council, the Obesity Clinical Research Panel, NIH Study Sections, and as president of the Society of Behavioral Medicine.

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