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Seminars from 2016

The seminar is sponsored by the Nutrition Obesity Research Center and co-sponsored by the Department of Nutrition Sciences.

This seminar is held in the Learning Resource Center on Tuesdays at Noon. If you are interested in presenting a seminar, please contact Tim R. Nagy, PhD or Julie Locher, PhD.

Date Speaker Topic Resources
January 5 Anna Mae Diehl, MD, Director, Duke Liver Center, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC "Fixing Fatty Livers" video
January 12 David Allison, PhD, Distinguished Professor, Quetelet Endowed Professor of Public Health, Associate Dean for Science, Director Office of Energetics and Nutrition Obesity Research Center, UAB, Birmingham, AL "State of the NORC"  
*January 14 Hongoxia Ren, PhD, Associate Research Scientist, Diabetes Research Center, Department of Medicine, Columbia University Medical Center,New York, NY "Identifying Novel CNS Targets for Metabolic Disease"  
January 19 Michael Perri, PhD, Dean, college of Public Health and Health Professions, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL "Obesity in Rural America: Addressing The Challenges Of Treatment, Dissemination and Implementation" video
January 26 James Mitchell, PhD Associate Professor, Department of Genetics and Complex Diseases, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Boston, MA "Mechanisms Of Dietary Protein Restriction Benefits: From Hydrogen Sulfide To Lipid Homeostasis" video
*January 29 Natalie Ingraham, MPH, Postdoctoral Candidate, Sociology, University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) San Francisco, CA "Out Of Touch, Out Of Time: A Sociological Exploration Of Queer Women’s Experiences Of Health, Aging, & Body Size"  
February 2 Richard D. Palmiter, PhD, Professor of Biochemistry, Adjunct Professor of Genome Sciences, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, WA "Deciphering Neural Circuits That Control Appetite" video
February 9 Karen Ryan, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Neurobiology, Physiology and Behavior, University of California, Davies, CA "Nuclear Receptor Signaling In The Regulation Of Stress And Metabolism"  
February 16 Christi Gendron, PhD, Research Assistant Professor, Molecular & Integrative Physiology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI "The Secret To Long Life Is Within: Neuronal Regulation Of The Aging Process"  
February 23 Valter Longo, PhD, Professor of Gerontology and Biological Sciences, Davis School of Gerontology, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA "Nutrition, Fasting Mimicking Diets, Regeneration and Longevity"  
March 1 Debra A . Fadool, PhD, Professor, Department of Biological Science, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL "Olfactory electrical signaling, structure, and learning is disrupted following a hyperlipidemic diet - neuromodulation of K channels by insulin, glp-1, and glucose" video
March 8 Satyanarayana Ande, Phd, Assistant Professor, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Georgia Regents University Cancer Center, Augusta, GA "ID1 In Brown Adipose Tissue Metabolism And Obesity"  
March 15 Jennifer L. Pomeranz, JD, MPH, Clinical Associate Professor, College of Public Health, New York University, New York, NY "Supporting Healthy Food Choices For The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)" video
*March 17 Arion Kennedy, PhD, Research Instructor, Molecular Physiology and Biophysics, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN "Function Of CD8+T Cells In Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease"  
March 22 Michael Beets, M.Ed, MPH, Phd, Associate Professor, Arnold School of Public Health, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC "When policy met practice: Promoting healthy eating and physical activity in afterschool programs" video
March 29 Christopher J. Easley, PhD, Knowles Associate Professor, Chemistry & Biochemistry, Auburn University, Auburn, AL "Bioanalytical Chemistry At The Nanoliter Scale To Study Dynamics Of Endocrine Function" video
April 12 James M. Ntambi, PhD, Professor of Biochemistry, Steenbock Professor of Nutritional Sciences, Department of Biochemistry, University of Wisconsin – Madison, Madison, WI "Lipogenesis And Metabolic Signaling In Obesity And Diabetes" video
*April 13 Sarah Owusu, PhD, Physiology, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA "VARA Supplementation: Effects on Ontogeny and Neonatal Lung Injury"  
April 19 Liou Y. Sun, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, UAB, Birmingham, AL "What We Learned From Growth Hormone Disrupted Mouse Models"  
*April 20 Anarina Le Murillo, PhD, Simon A. Levin Mathematical, Computational and Modeling Sciences Center, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ "Type 2 Diabetes And Obesity: A Biological, Behavioral, And Environmental Contexy"  
April 26 Gerald I. Shulman, M.D., Ph.D, F.A.C.P., M.A.C.E. Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, George R. Cowgill Professor of Physiological Chemistry, Professor of Medicine and Cellular & Molecular Physiology, Co-Director Yale Diabetes Research Center, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT "Roles Of Ectopic Lipid And Inflammation In The Pathogenesis Of Type 2 Diabetes"  
*May 18 Paige Berger, PhD, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Foods and Nutrition, The University of Georgia, Athens, GA "Eating Behaviors, Growth, And Body Composition, From Infancy To Adolescence"  
*May 21 S. Nicole Fearnbach, USDA Childhood Obesity Prevention Program Fellow, Department of Nutritional Sciences, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA "Interactions Between Exercise And Eating Behavior In Children And Adolescents"  
September 13 Ronald J. Jandacek, PhD, Professor, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio "The Interaction of Nonabsorbable Dietary Lipid with Organohalide Compounds" video
September 20 Anthony G. Comuzzie, PhD, FTOS, Scientist and Co-Director TOPS Nutrition and Obesity Research Center, Department of Genetics, Texas Biomedical Research Institute, San Antonio, TX "Genes and Diet in Cardiometabolic Disease Risk" video
September 27 Special K
Aaron Fobian, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurobiology (UAB) "A Sleep And Media Intervention To Improve Adolescents’ Weight And Risk Of Type 2 Diabetes"  
Tiffany L. Carson, PhD, Assistant Professor, Division of Preventive Medicine, Department of Medicine (UAB) "A New Look At Why Health Disparities Continue To ‘Bug’ Us: Behavior, Environment, And The Gut Microbiota"  
Ceren Yarar-Fisher, PT, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation School of Medicine (UAB) "Kount Down To K"  
Courtney Peterson, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Nutrition Sciences (UAB) "Impact Of Time-Restricted Feeding On Energy Balance And Circadian Control Of Metabolism"  
October 4 Braxton D. Mitchell, PhD, Professor, Departments of Medicine and Epidemiology & Public Health, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD "A novel gene influencing LDL-C levels in the Amish"  
October 11 Timothy H. Moran, PhD, Paul R. McHugh Professor, Vice Chair, Director of Research, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD "Gut Peptide Satiety Signaling"  
October 18 Fred (Ted) Edmond Bertrand III, PhD, Assistant Dean of SHP Undergraduate Research and Associate Professor, Departments of Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences, Department of Nutrition Sciences (UAB) "Notch Signaling & Metabolism"  
Brenda Bertrand, PhD, Professor, MS in Nutrition Sciences Program Director, Department of Nutrition Sciences (UAB) "BestME. Improving Diet Quality Among Child Daycare Centers - One Step At A Time"  
Prabhakara R. Nagareddy, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Nutrition Sciences (UAB) "Thrombopoiesis In Diabetes: Implications For Atherothrombotic Complications"  
October 25 Wendy R. Hood, PhD Associate Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Auburn University, Auburn, AL "Mitochondrial function and life history tradeoffs"  
November 8 James G. Granneman, PhD, Professor of Molecular Medicine and Genetics, Director - Center of Integrative Metabolic and Endocrine Research, Wayne State University School, Detroit, MI "A New Locus of Lipolysis Control"  
November 15 John M. Stafford, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, Division of Diabetes, Endocrinology, & Metabolism, Molecular Physiology and Biophysics, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN "CETP And Sex-Differences In Obesity-Associated Cardiovascular Disease"  
November 29 Kerri Boutelle, PhD, Professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry, Director -- Center for Healthy Eating and Activity Research, Senior Psychologist UCSD Eating Disorders Program, University of California San Diego, San Diego, CA "The development of the next generation of treatment for people with obesity"  
December 6 John P. Thyfault, PhD, Associate Professor, Molecular and Integrative Physiology, University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, KS "Hepatic Fitness Impacts Susceptibility for Fatty Liver And Obesity"  
*December 7 Sarah E. Deemer, Department of Kinesiology, Texas Woman’s University, Denton, TX "One Fish, Two Fish…Effect Of Omega-3 Fatty Acids On Metabolic Profile"  
December 13 Pilot Projects
Li Li, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Division of Behavioral Neurobiology (UAB) "The Impact Of Sex On The Relationship Between Obesity and Depression"  
Tapan Mehta, Assistant Professor, Department of Health Services Administration (UAB) "Plausible Explanation(s) To Declining Obesity-Mortality Risks Over Time"  

* Special NORC Seminar