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Seminars from 2011

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

Date Speaker Topic Video
January 4 Eileen T. Kennedy, PhD, Dean and Professor of Nutrition, Friedman School of Nutrition Sciences and Policy, Tufts University, Boston, MA "Science and Controversy in FOP and Nutrient Density." video
January 11 John R. Speakman, PhD, Professor, Director, Institute of Biological and Environmental Sciences, University of Aberdeen, Scotland, UK "The Evolution of Obesity: thrifty genes or drifty genes?"  
January 18 David E. Cummings, MD, Professor Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle, WA "Metabolic Surgery: Endocrine Mechanisms of Diabetes Remission After “Bariatric” Operations" video
January 25 Laura Reed, PhD, Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences Department, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL "Phenomics, Metabolomics, Transcriptomics of Genotype by Environment Interactions Underlying Metabolomic Syndrome in Drosophila" video
February 1 Rochelle Buffenstein, PhD, Professor, Department of Physiology, University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio, TX "A Long-Lived Animal Model for Aging and Cancer; Tthe Bare Essentials." video
February 8 Bret H. Goodpaster, PhD Associate Professor, Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism Department of Medicine, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA "Skeletal muscle lipid infiltration: Links with obesity and insulin resistance."  
February 15 Diana Thomas, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Mathematical Sciences, Montclair State University, Montclair, New Jersey "Dynamic Weight Change Prediction Models and Their Applications" video
February 22 Chad H. Stahl, Associate Professor of Developmental Nutrition, Department of Animal Science, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC "Nutritional Programming of Mesenchymal Stem Cells" video
March 1 George R. Beck, Jr., PhD, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Endocrinology, Metabolism and Lipids, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA "Dietary Phosphate Regulated Proliferation, Transformation and Tumorigenesis"  
March 8 Deborah M. Muoio, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, Division of Endocrinology, Nutrition & Metabolism, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC "Mechanisms of metabolic dysfunction in skeletal muscle"  
March 15 Deborah J. Clegg, PhD, Assistant Professor University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX "SeXX Matters" video
March 22 Michael B. Zemel, PhD, Professor of Nutrition and Medicine, Director, The Nutrition Institute, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN "The New Metabolic Shift: Calcium and Dairy Modulation of Obesity and Metabolic Disease" video
March 29 Ruth Loos, PhD, MRC Epidemiology Unit, Institute of Metabolic Science, Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge, United Kingdom "The Genetic Epidemiology of Obesity – From Heritability via Genes to New Biology" video
April 5 Denise E. Wilfley, PhD, Professor, Dept. of Psychiatry, Medicine, Pediatrics and Psychology Washington University School of Medicine and Washington University in St. Louis, MO "Obesity Prevention & Treatment: Evidence-Based Socio-Environmental Approaches" video
April 19 Susan T. Harbison, PhD, Department of Genetics, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC "A Systems Genomics Approach to Sleep and Circadian Rhythms in Drosophila" video
April 26 Mardia G. Lopez Alarcon, MD, PhD, Professor, Iberoamericana University, Campus Mexico "Dietary Magnesium, Calcium and Omega-3 Fatty Acids in Obesity-Related Insulin Resistance" video
May 3 Shingo Kajimura, PhD, Assistant Professor, University of California, UCSF Diabetes Center, San Francisco, CA. "Engineering Fat Cell Fate: Transcriptional Control of Brown Fat Development." video
June 7 Richard A. Forshee, PhD, Associate Director of Research, United States Food and Drug Administration "Opportunities and Challenges in Using Genomics Data to Understand the Safety and Efficacy of Biologics Projects" video
September 13 Connie M. Weaver, PhD, Professor and Department Head, Foods and Nutrition, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN "Building Peak Bone Mass: Role of Diet, Sex, Race and BMI" video
September 20 Eyleen J. O'Rourke, PhD, Department of Molecular Biology, Massachusetts General Hospital & Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA "Surviving without food"  
September 27 Thomas Najarian, MD, Internal Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA "Maladaptive Hypothyroidism? Thyroid Changes Associated with Weight Loss"  
October 11 Kevin J. Pearson, PhD, Assistant Professor, Grad. Center for Nutritional Sciences, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY "Maternal Exercise: Short-Term Investment for Long-Term Gain" video
October 18 Rozalyn Anderson, PhD, Assistant Professor, School of Medicine and Public Health, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI "Metabolic reprogramming by Caloric Restriction"  
October 25 Randy J. Nelson, PhD, Professor and Chair, Department of Neuroscience, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH "Effects of Light at Night on Immune Function, Metabolism, and Mood." video
November 1 Dean R. Appling, PhD, Lester J. Reed Professor of Biochemistry, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX "More than just a Powerhouse: Mitochondrial Folate-Mediated One-Carbon Metabolism" video
November 8 Jean-Philippe Chaput, PhD, Junior Research Chair in Healthy Active Living and Obesity Research(HALO), Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute, Ottawa, ON, Canada "Does Thinking Make Us Fatter?" video
November 22 Gwen V. Childs, PhD, Professor and Chair, Department of Neurobiology and Developmental Sciences, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Little Rock, AR "Pituitary Somatotropes as Metabolic Sensors: Selective Loss of Leptin Receptors Causes Obesity"  
November 29 Young-In Kim, MD, Professor of Medicine & Nutritional Sciences, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada "Folate: A Magic Bullet or a Double-Edged Sword for Cancer Prevention?" video
December 6 Gertraud Maskarinec, MD, PhD, Professor, Department of Epidemiology, University of Hawaii Cancer Center, Honolulu, HI "Breast Cancer Research in Adolescents and Premenopausal Women" video
December 13   "Tasting menu from new NORC members"  
E. Michael Foster, PhD, Professor, Department of Health Care Organization & Policy, UAB "Who is Mike Foster and why should I care?" video
Lisle Hites, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Health Care Organization & Policy, UAB "Healthy Change in your Community Challenge(HC3): Evaluating children's food choices following a community educational effort"
Gareth R. Dutton, PhD, Associate Professor, Dept. Med-Preventive Medicine, UAB "Strategies for Weight Loss Maintenance"
Julia M. Gohlke, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Environmental Health Sciences, UAB "Heat stress and lipid storage"
December 20 Susan Carnell, PhD, Research Fellow, New York Obesity Nutrition Research Center, St. Luke's Hospital, and the Institute of Human Nutrition, Columbia University "Neuroimaging and obesity in adults and children"