The Pacific Research Center for the Prevention of Obesity and Non-Communicable Diseases (C-POND) is a collaborative research centre between the School of Medicine, College of Medicine, Nursing & Health Sciences, Fiji National University and Deakin University (WHO Collaborating Centre for Obesity Prevention), Melbourne, Australia which was established in 2009. The partnership has a strong track record of research collaboration through the Pacific Obesity Prevention In Communities (OPIC) project and Translation Research for Obesity Prevention In Communities (TROPIC) project. C-POND is situated at the Tamavua Campus in Suva, linking it closely with its teaching and training programs and supporting PhDs, Masters and post-graduate students, research projects and training programs.
Creating the evidence, knowledge exchange and research capacity needed to reverse the Non-Communicable Disease (NCD) and obesity crisis in the Pacific islands.
- To conduct solution-oriented research on obesity and NCDs. The focus is on finding the solutions to reduce the very high prevalence and burden of obesity and NCDs in the pacific.
- To disseminate the research findings and translate them into policies and practice. The usual process of research dissemination through publications and conference presentations is accompanied by strong knowledge exchange linkages with government agencies, NGOs, private sector organizations, and communities to translate the research findings from C-POND and international studies into policies and practice in the pacific.
- To build research capacity in obesity and NCD prevention. This includes the supervisor of Masters students and Doctoral students as well as training for research staff.
- To conduct other research-related activities which further the aims of C-POND.