Administrative Core Team

Dan Bessesen
Associate Director
Dr. Daniel Bessesen M.D. is a professor of medicine of endocrinology, metabolism, and diabetes at The University of Colorado, the director of fellowship training in endocrinology and the director of the Clinical Intervention and Translation Core of the NIH-funded Nutrition Obesity Research Center. Dr. Bessesen received his MD with honors from The University of Colorado. He completed residency and fellowship training at The University of Colorado and has been on the faculty since 1991. Dr. Bessesen, who conducts studies in dietary fat metabolism, appetite and the clinical problem of obesity, has published more than 90 scientific articles and book chapters and is the coauthor of three books, including Treatment of the Obese Patient published in 2014.
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Nancy Nickless
Manager of Grants and Contracts
Nancy Nickless is the Grants Manager for the NORC and joined the University of Colorado in 2014. She has worked as a sponsored research administrator specializing in subcontracts, pre and post-award accounting, human resources and operations management. With strategic goals in mind, Nancy ensures fiscal compliance, as well as creativity and the development of a positive culture for the NORC and it’s constituents.
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Kristy Truesdale
Program Assistant

Kristy Truesdale is the Program Assistant for the NORC and the Anschutz Health & Wellness Center at the University of Colorado. Kristy joined the University of Colorado in 2018, after spending 2.5 years with UCHealth as an administrative professional in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Kristy’s administrative background includes working with several large commercial entities that focus on urban planning, retirement communities, and travel operations in Denver, CO. Her specialties include project management, program support, executive assistance and building operations. Kristy has over 17 years of experience providing high level support to patients, customers, clients, and company executives.

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