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Seminars from 2012

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

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This seminar is held in the Learning Resource Center, Room 104 on Tuesdays at Noon. If you are interested in presenting a seminar, please contact David Allison, PhD or Julie Locher, PhD..

Date Speaker Topic Resources
January 10 Bernardine M. Pinto, PhD, Professor, Miriam Hospital and the W. Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Centers of Behavioral and Preventive Medicine, Providence, RI "A Community Partnership to Promote Exercise for Cancer Recovery."  
January 17 Patrick M. Catalano, MD, Professor, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Cleveland, OH "Impact of maternal GDM and obesity on mother and fetus"  
January 24 Kjersti M. Aagaard-Tillery, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor, Maternal & Fetal Medicine, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX. "The Role of Epigenetics and Nutrition in Development (and the joy in discovery)" video
January 31 Paul J. Kenny, PhD, Associate Professor, Laboratory of Behavioral and Molecular Neuroscience, Department of Molecular Therapeutics, The Scripps Research Institute – Florida, Jupiter, FL "Common mechanisms in drug addiction and obesity" video
February 7 Susan Persky, PhD, Associate Investigator, Social and Behavioral Research Branch, National Human Genome Research Institute/NIH, Bethesda, MD "Communicating about weight and genetics: Investigations in a virtual reality clinic" video
February 14 Matthew Hirschey, PhD, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Medicine, Dept. of Pharmacology & Cancer Biology, Sarah W. Stedman Nutrition and Metabolism Center, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC "Mitochondrial protein acetylation regulates metabolism" video
February 21 Michal Masternak, PhD, Associate Professor, University of Central Florida, Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences, Orlando, FL "Growth hormone, adipose tissue and aging"  
February 28 Edward Sazonov, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, The University of Alabama College of Engineering, Tuscaloosa, AL "Wearable Sensors for Human Behavior Monitoring and Biofeedback" video
March 6 James H. Rimmer, PhD, Professor, UAB-Lakeshore Foundation "At the Crossroads of Inclusion Science in Disability and Health: The UAB-Lakeshore Foundation Collaboration" video
March 9 Kristina Martinez, PhD, Department of Nutrition University of North Carolina at Greensboro Greensboro, NC "Conjugated Linoleic Acid Promotes Inflammation to a Greater Extent in Human Adipocytes Compared to Preadipocytes"  
March 13 Salomon Amar, DMD, PhD, Professor, Periodontology and Oral Biology, Director, Center of Anti-Inflammatory Therapeutics, Boston University Medical Center, Boston, MA "Obesity is Bacteria's Little Helper" video
March 15 Cassie Brode, Department of Psychology, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA "Identification of Latent Subgroups of Obese Adolescents Enrolled in a Healthy Weight Management Program"  
March 20 Michael Gordon, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Zoology, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada "Dissecting taste circuits and feeding behavior in Drosophila"  
March 21 Shanell McGoy, Department of Health Education and Recreation Southern Illinois University Carbondale Carbondale, Illinois "Exploring the nutrition environment in rural southern Illinois"  
March 26 Michelle I. Cardel, M.S., Department of Nutrition Sciences, UAB "Predictors of Childhood Obesity: A Multi-Factorial Approach"  
March 27 Ann E. Rogers, PhD, RN, FAAN, Professor and Director of Graduate Studies Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, Emory University, Atlanta, GA. "Sleep and Obesity"  
April 3 Jean-Pierre Despres, PhD, Professor, Director of Research, Cardiology, Quebec Heart and Lung Institute, Quebec, QC, Canada "Assessing/managing the cardiometabolic risk of obesity: importance of visceral/ectopic fat"  
April 10 Paul Franks, PhD, Professor, Lund University of Diabetes Center, Malmo, Sweden, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA "Gene-environment interactions in obesity" video
April 11 Dominick Lemas, PhD, Department of Biostatistics, UAB "Do Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids Modify Genetic Risk of Development Obesity"  
April 17 David B. Allison, Distinguished Professor, Associate Dean for Science, Director, Office of Energetics and Director, Nutrition Obesity Research Center, UAB "State of the NORC"  
May 1 Michael M. Scott, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmacology, University of Virginia Health System, Charlottesville, VA "Hindbrain Modulation of food intake and glucose homeostasis" video
May 8 Dario R. Valenzano, PhD, Post-doctoral Fellow, Brunet Laboratory, Stanford Center on Longevity, Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, CA "Genetic architecture of Longevity in the Short-Lived Fish Nothobranchius furzeri" video
May 15 Molly S. Bray, PhD, Professor, Department of Epidemiology, UAB "Genomics Resources for Gene Discovery in Obesity and Complex Disease"  
July 12 Corey Wiggins, Mississippi Advocacy Program, Program Manager, Jackson, MS "Neighborhoods Matter in Obesity Research: Lessons Learned From CVD"  
September 11 Ruth Patterson, PhD, Professor, Dept. of Family & Preventive Medicine, Program Leader, Cancer Prevention & Control, UCSD Moores Cancer Center, La Jolla, CA "Transdisciplinary Research in Energetics and Breast Cancer" video
September 25 John J. Lemasters, MD., PhD, Professor and GlaxoSmithKline Distinguished Endowed Chair, Director, Center of Cell Death, Injury & Regeneration, Depts. of Pharmaceutical & Biomedical Sciences and Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC "Ethanol, Cancer and Regulation of Mitochondrial Function by Voltage Dependent Anion Channels" video
October 2 Elizabeth Parks, PhD, Associate Professor, Clinical Nutrition, Internal Medicine, UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX "Causes of Fatty Liver: Lipid flux in mice and humans"  
October 9 Thomas E. Johnson, PhD, Professor of Molecular Behavioral Genetics Institute for Behavioral Genetics, University of Colorado at Boulder, Boulder, CO "Genetic and Stochastic Dissection of Aging" video
October 16 Catherine J. Field, PhD, RD, Professor Nutrition, Alberta Diabetes Institute, Department of Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Science, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada "The role of long chain polyunsaturated fatty acids in the development of our immune system" video
October 23 Wendy M. Kohrt, PhD, Professor of Medicine, Division of Geriatric Medicine, University of Colorado, Denver, CO "To E or not to E: Metabolic Actions of Estrogens" video
October 30 Joseph Bass, PhD, Professor, Chief, Division of Endocrinology, Metabolism and Molecular Medicine, Department of Medicine and Neurobiology, Northwestern University, Chicago, Ill. "The circadian Dimension of Metabolism" Seminar was cancelled 
November 6 Christian Bjorbaek, PhD, Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School and BIDMC, Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, MA. "Central Leptin Action: Receptors, Neuronal Targets and Anti-Diabetic Actions" video
November 13 Brian D. Elbel, PhD, MPH, Assistant Professor of Medicine and Health Policy, School of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine, New York University, School of Medicine, New York, NY "New Supermarkets Resulting from Tax credits, food consumption and purchasing" video
November 20 Ray Browning, PhD, Assistant Professor, Director, Physical Activity Energetics/Mechanics Lab, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO. "Obesity and Walking: What do metabolic and mechanical energetics tell us?" video
November 27 Charles L. Baum, II, PhD, Department Chair, Professor, Department of Economics and Finance, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN "The Effects of College on Weight: Examining the Freshman Fifteen Myth" video
December 04 Susan Johnson, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics, University of Colorado Denver, Aurora, CO "Factors influencing children’s food acceptance and mealtime interactions" video
December 05 Lisa M. Ramirez, PhD, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL "Partial body potassium measurement of regional skeletal muscle mass in a spinal cord injury population"  
December 11 Timothy Griffin, PhD, Assistant Member, Free Radical Biology and Aging Program, Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, Oklahoma City, OK "Obesity and osteoarthritis: Too much joint loading or not enough?" - Cancelled Seminar was cancelled