SAB and Key Institutional Partners

Our Scientific Advisory Board Members

Marc-Andre Cornier, M.D.Marc-Andre Cornier, M.D.
Professor of Medicine, Division of Endocrinology, Metabolism and Diabetes, University of Colorado School of Medicine, Anschutz Medical Campus, Aurora, Colorado

Elissa Jelalian, PhD
Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior and Pediatrics at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Associate Director of The Miriam Hospital Weight Control and Diabetes Research Center, and Director of Clinical Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship Training at Brown. 

Harold W Kohl, III, PhDHarold W Kohl, III, PhD
Professor of Epidemiology and Kinesiology, University of Texas Health Science Center – Houston, School of Public Health, Austin Regional Campus, and The University of Texas College of Education, Department of Kinesiology and Health Education, Austin, Texas.

Kartik Shankar, PhD DABTKartik Shankar, PhD, DABT
Professor of Pediatrics, Section of Nutrition, University of Colorado School of Medicine; Assistant Director for Basic Research, Lifecourse Epidemiology of Adiposity & Diabetes (LEAD) Center; University of Colorado Denver – Anschutz Medical Campus

Children’s Mercy Kansas City

Children’s Mercy, located in Kansas City, Mo., is one of the nation’s top pediatric medical centers. The 354-bed, not-for-profit hospital provides care for children from birth through the age of 21, and is ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of “America’s Best Children’s Hospitals.” For the third time in a row, Children’s Mercy Kansas City has achieved Magnet nursing designation, which is awarded to fewer than 7 percent of all hospitals nationally, for excellence in quality care. Its faculty of more than 700 pediatric subspecialists and researchers across more than 40 subspecialties are actively involved in clinical care, pediatric research, and educating the next generation of pediatric subspecialists. With more than a century of generous philanthropic and volunteer support, Children’s Mercy has provided the highest level of medical care to every child who passes through its doors, regardless of a family’s ability to pay. For more information about Children’s Mercy and its research, visit For breaking news and videos, follow us on TwitterYouTube and Facebook.

University of Kansas Medical Center

The University of Kansas Medical Center, an integral and unique component of the University of Kansas and the Kansas Board of Regents system, is composed of the School of Medicine, located in Kansas City and Wichita, the School of Nursing, the School of Health Professions, the University of Kansas Hospital in Kansas City, and a Graduate School. The KU Medical Center is a complex institution whose basic functions include research, education, patient care, and community service involving multiple constituencies at state and national levels.

The University of Kansas Medical Center is a major research institution primarily serving the State of Kansas as well as the nation, and the world, and assumes leadership in the discovery of new knowledge and the development of programs in research, education, and patient care. The KU Medical Center recognizes the importance of meeting the wide range of health care needs in Kansas — from the critical need for primary care in rural and other underserved areas of the state, to the urgent need for highly specialized knowledge to provide the latest preventive and treatment techniques available. As the major resource in the Kansas Board of Regents system for preparing health care professionals, the programs of the KU Medical Center must be comprehensive and maintain the high scholarship and academic excellence on which the reputation of the University is based.