International Study of Childhood Obesity, Lifestyle and the Environment (ISCOLE)

  • Katzmarzyk, Peter T. (PI)
  • Church, Timothy S. (PI)
  • Chaput, Jean-Philippe (CoI)
  • Fogelholm, Mikael (CoI)
  • Hu, Gang (CoI)
  • Johnson, William (CoI)
  • Kuriyan, Rebecca (CoI)
  • Kurpad, Anura (CoI)
  • Lambert, Estelle V. (CoI)
  • Maher, Carol (CoI)
  • Maia, José (CoI)
  • Matsudo, Victor (CoI)
  • Olds, Tim S (CoI)
  • Onywera, Vincent (CoI)
  • Sarmiento, Olga L (CoI)
  • Standage, Martyn (CoI)
  • Tremblay, Mark S. (CoI)
  • Tudor-Locke, Catrine (CoI)
  • Zhao, Pei (CoI)

Project: Research-related funding

Project Details


The main award for the ISCOLE grant which was administered by Pennington Biomedical Center.

Layman's description

ISCOLE was a multi-national study of 9 to 11 year-old children from sites in 12 countries from all inhabited continents. The primary purpose was to investigate relationships between lifestyle behaviors and obesity, and the influence of higher-order characteristics such as behavioral settings, and physical, social and policy environments. ISCOLE has made several advances in scientific methodology related to the assessment of physical activity, dietary behavior, sleep and the neighborhood and school environments. Furthermore, ISCOLE has provided important evidence on (1) epidemiological transitions in obesity and related behaviors, (2) correlates of obesity and lifestyle behaviors at the individual, neighborhood and school levels, and (3) 24-h movement behaviors in relation to novel analytical techniques. A key feature of ISCOLE was the development of a platform for international training, data entry, and data quality for multi-country studies. Finally, ISCOLE represents a transparent model for future public-private research partnerships across low, middle and high-income countries.
Short title$6.4M
Effective start/end date1/06/1031/07/14

Collaborative partners

  • University of Bath (lead)
  • Pennington Biomedical Research Center
  • Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute
  • University of South Australia
  • Tianjin Women's and Children's Health Center
  • St John's Research Institute
  • Centro de Estudos do Laboratório de Aptidão Física de São Caetano do Sul
  • University of Helsinki
  • University of Cape Town
  • Universidade do Porto
  • Kenyatta University
  • Universidad de Los Andes


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