Two researchers in the Department of Biostatistics, George Kelley and Kristi Kelley, have recently been awarded two grants. One is a $444,000 R01 grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to study the effects of exercise on depression in adults with arthritis. Depression is a major public health problem in adults with arthritis. The title of the research project is “Exercise and Depression in Adults with Arthritis: An Individual Participant Data Meta-Analysis.” WVU biostatistics professor George Kelley, D.A., will serve as the principal investigator along with research technician, Kristi Kelley, M.Ed., also from the WVU Department of Biostatistics, and Co-investigator, Jennifer Hootman, Ph.D., from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Ga.

The second is a $154,000 grant from the American Heart Association to study the effects of exercise on body mass index in overweight and obese children and adolescents. Overweight and obesity are major public health problems in children and adolescents. The title of the research project is “Exercise in Overweight and Obese Children and Adolescents: An Individual Participant Data Meta-Analysis.” WVU biostatistics professor George Kelley, D.A., will serve as the principal investigator along with research technician, Kristi Kelley, M.Ed. also from the WVU Department of Biostatistics, and consultant, Russ Pate, Ph.D., from the University of South Carolina.