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Published by: Harvard Business Publishing
Originally published in: 2016
Version: 20 January 2017
Length: 28 pages
Data source: Field research

Abstract

On 2012, Gary Taubes lunched the Nutrition Science initiative (NuSI), a not for profit organization aiming to question the mainstream scientific paradigm regarding obesity and dietary recommendations. This case provides a brief scientific background on obesity and its causes, comorbidities and the economic cost of this epidemic. It then discusses the two main hypotheses of diet, and the formation of NuSI. Finally, it describes the unique challenges and hurdles NuSI has faced both with funding and with impacting the mainstream scientific community. Could this NGO model of funding the 'right' clinical trials be successful? Could it be duplicated across other scientific areas? What can be learned from NuSI's experience? And what is the roadmap for NuSI going forward?
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Abstract

On 2012, Gary Taubes lunched the Nutrition Science initiative (NuSI), a not for profit organization aiming to question the mainstream scientific paradigm regarding obesity and dietary recommendations. This case provides a brief scientific background on obesity and its causes, comorbidities and the economic cost of this epidemic. It then discusses the two main hypotheses of diet, and the formation of NuSI. Finally, it describes the unique challenges and hurdles NuSI has faced both with funding and with impacting the mainstream scientific community. Could this NGO model of funding the 'right' clinical trials be successful? Could it be duplicated across other scientific areas? What can be learned from NuSI's experience? And what is the roadmap for NuSI going forward?

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< 50 million

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