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Seminars from 2017

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 Video
January 3 Douglas P. Landsittel, PhD, Professor, Medicine, Biostatistics, Biomedical Informatics, and Clinical & Translational Science, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, PA "The Role Of Causal Inference In Biomarker Studies"  
January 10 The NORC Seminar has been cancelled.    
January 17 Alan G. Watts, Professor, Neuroscience Program & Department of Biological Sciences, The University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA "Neural Networks And Metabolic Control"  
January 24 Michael I. Goran, PhD, Professor, Preventive Medicine and Pediatrics, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA "Secondhand Sugars - Early Life Exposure To Dietary Sugars And Risk For Obesity And Metabolic Diseases"  
January 31 Robert V. Considine, PhD, Professor, Division of Endocrinology, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, IN "Effects of Adiposity on Response to Food Cues and Food Intake in Women"  
February 7 Gordon J. Lithgow, PhD, Professor, Chief Academic Officer, The Buck Institute for Research on Aging, Novato, CA "Robust and Reproducible Chemical Interventions In Aging"  
February 14 Garret A. FitzGerald, MD, FRS, Professor, Systems Pharmacology and Translational Therapeutics, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA "Unwinding The Clock In Cardio-Metabolic Disease"  
February 21 Bonnie Spring, PhD, ABPP, Professor, Preventive Medicine, Psychology, Psychiatry & Public Health, Northwestern University Feinberg School Medicine, Chicago, IL "New Methods To Optimize Healthy Lifestyle Interventions"  
February 28 Edward H. Livingston, MD, FACS, AGAF, Professor of Surgery, UT Southwestern & Northwestern University, Deputy Editor for Clinical Reviews and Education, JAMA, Chicago, IL "Publishing In JAMA"  
March 7 Anne Barnhill, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA "Ethical Issues in Obesity Prevention"  
March 14 canceled  
March 21 Nicola Abate, MD, Professor and Chief Division of Endocrinology, Department of Internal Medicine, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX "Metabolic Complications Of Adipocyte Maturation Arrest"  
March 28 Cynthia Thomson, PhD, RD, FAND, FTOS, Professor, Mel & Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, Director of The Canyon Ranch Center for Prevention and Health Promotion, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ "Advances & Challenges for Weight Management in Cancer Survivors"  
April 4 Paige C. Geiger, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Molecular and Integrative Physiology, University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, KS "Heat Shock Proteins In The Prevention Of Metabolic Disease"  
April 11 Michael G. Ross, MD, MPH, Distinguished Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Public Health, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Los, Angeles, CA "Developmental Programming of Offspring Obesity"  
April 18 Robert A. Koza, PhD, Faculty Scientist II, Center for Molecular Medicine, Maine Medical Center Research Institute, Scarborough, ME "Is Mesoderm Specific Transcript An Epigenetically-Controlled ‘Rheostat’ Of Adipose Tissue Expansion?"  
*April 19 Danielle L. Vincent, Lifespan Developmental Psychology, Mental Health Coordinator, Early Head Start, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL "Psychosocial Correlates Of Obesity In Racially Diverse Populations"  
May 2 Nicolas Musi, MD, Professor of Medicine, Director, Barshop Institute for Longevity and Aging studies, Center for Healthy Aging, San Antonio Geriatric Research, Education, and Clinical Center (GRECC), University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio, TX "Pros And Cons Of Targeting Inflammation for Age-Related Metabolic Disease"  
May 9 Judith Korner, MD, PhD, Professor of Medicine, Director, Weight Control Center, Columbia University Medical Center, New York, NY "Changes In Gut Hormones And Glucose Homeostasis After Bariatric Surgeryy"  
September 12 David A. Haig, PhD, Professor, Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA "Our Fascination With Fat" video
September 19 Kevin Fontaine, PhD, Professor, Department of Health Behavior, UAB "Moonshot For Type 2 Diabetes: Early Results And Course Corrections"  
September 26 Howard J.  Jacob, PhD, Executive Vice President for Genomic Medicine, Chief Medical Genomics Officer, Faculty Investigator, HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology, Huntsville, AL "Using Genomic Sequencing For Clinical And Research Applications For Nutrition And Obesity" video
October 3 Louis J. Aronne, MD, FACP, DABOM, Sanford I. Weill Professor of Metabolic Research, Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism, Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, NY "Modern Medical Management Of Obesity" video
October 10 Zachary Knight, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Physiology, Kavli Institute for Fundamental Neuroscience, University of California, San Francisco, CA "The Neurobiology Of Hunger" video
October 17 Sheldon H. Jacobson, PhD , Founder Professor of Engineering, Director of Simulation and Optimization Laboratory, Director of Bed Time Research Institution, Department of Computer Science, University of Illinois, Urbana, IL "Is Public Transit Usage An Effective Intervention To Reduce Obesity Rates?"  
October 24 Nancy E. Kass, Phoebe R. Berman Professor of Bioethics and Public Health, Berman Institute of Bioethics, Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD "The Ethics Of Soda Taxes, Snap Benefits, And Portion Control: The Nanny State Or Good Public Health?"  
November 7 Vishwa Deep Dixit, DVM, PhD, Professor, Comparative Medicine and Immunobiology, Yale School of Medicine, New Haven, CT "Harnessing Immune-Metabolic Interactions To Enhance Healthspan" Cancelled
November 14 Gary G. Bennett, PhD, Bishop-MacDermott Family Professor of Psychology, Global Health & Medicine, Duke University, Durham, NC "Digitally Treating Obesity among the Medically Vulnerable in Primary Care"  
November 28 Donna H. Ryan, MD, Professor, Executive Director for Clinical Research, Pennington Biomedical Research Center, Baton Rouge, LA "Obesity Management in Primary Care: Myth or Reality?"  
December 5 Theresa Powell, PhD, Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Section for Neonatology, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, Aurora, CO "Maternal Obesity, Placental Function and Fetal Growth: Can We Intervene?"  
*December 11 Samantha L. Martin, PhD, Department of Biology, UAB "A Multi-Modal Approach to Sulforaphane-Mediated Chemoprevention Using the Epigenetic Network"  
December 12 Pilot Projects
Peggy Biga, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Biology (UAB) "Changes In miRNA Composition In The Muscle Of Rainbow Trout Following Methionine Restriction"  
Nicole Riddle, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Biology (UAB) "Using Drosophila Melanogaster As A Model To Study Exercise Response"  

* Special NORC Seminar