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Personalized Body Weight Management System Using Monitoring Devices and Mathematical Models of Metabolism

Posted Mar 22 2012 8:00pm

Description of Invention:
Attempts to manage body weight are often unsuccessful or only temporary. This is, in part, due to antiquated dieting methods that attempt to address calorie consumption while ignoring metabolic and physical changes. It is becoming clear that personalized methods to manage body weight must be developed.

Scientists at the NIH have developed new methods for prescribing and monitoring personalized weight management interventions. The system uses validated mathematical models of human metabolism to set weight management goals and predict individual body weight outcomes in the context of changing metabolic needs and calorie consumption. The system uses repeated monitoring of a patient's body weight to assess progress and provide specific feedback to the patient and health care professional. Projected outcomes and body weight goals can be revised over time along with required prescription modifications to meet the body weight goals. The system is integrated into a network of one or more devices that may additionally monitor various physiological parameters, physical activities, food intake, or other behaviors. Such an enhanced personalized weight management program has great promise in the management of obesity.

  • Devices - Weight management diagnostic
  • Software for the integration of multiple devices

Integrated system provides feedback to health care professional and patient with more accurate predictors of weight loss outcomes. Combined with other devices, patient receives encouragement to stay on track.

Kevin D Hall (NIDDK)

Patent Status:
HHS, Reference No. E-063-2012/0
US, Application No. 61/592,325 filed 30 Jan 2012

Relevant Publication:
  1. Hall KD, et al. [ PMID 21872751 ]
  2. Hall KD and Chow CC. [ PMID 21562087 ]
  3. Hall KD. [ PMID 19934407 ]

Collaborative Research Opportunity:
The NIDDK Laboratory of Biological Modeling is seeking statements of capability or interest from parties interested in collaborative research to further develop, evaluate or commercialize this technology. For collaboration opportunities, please contact Marguerite J. Miller at 301-496-9003 or .

For Licensing Information Please Contact:
Michael Shmilovich Esq.
NIH Office of Technology Transfer
6011 Executive Blvd. Suite 325,
Rockville, MD 20852
United States
Phone: 301-435-5019
Fax: 301-402-0220

Ref No: 2386

Updated: 03/2012

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