2010 Seminar Series

February 23

Do-Hyung Kim, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Biophysics, UMN, presented a seminar for the Nutrition Graduate Seminar Series entitled “Nutrient sensing, autophagy and adipose metabolism.”

April 13

Michael J. Quon, MD, PhD, Senior Investigator and Chief of the Diabetes Unit, Laboratory of Clinical Investigation, NCCAM/NIH, presented a seminar for the Nutrition Graduate Seminar Series entitled “Beneficial vascular and metabolic actions of the green tea polyphenol EGCG.” This event was sponsored by U of M Nutrition Graduate Program, U of M Healthy Foods, Health Lives Institute, and the Minnesota Obesity Center.

May 5

Philip J. Scarpace, PhD, Professor, Department of Pharmacology & Therapeutics, College of Medicine, University of Florida, presented a seminar entitled “Leptin Resistance: Predisposing Factor in Diet-induced Obesity and Influence With Age.” During his visit, Dr. Scarpace met with lab groups from the VA Medical Center to discuss research findings, and had a luncheon with students and trainees over which they discussed research ideas and results. This visit was co-sponsored by the GRECC Seminar Series on Aging and the Minnesota Obesity Center

June 2 & 3

The Future of Grains in Schools: Tipping the Scales toward a Healthier Food Supply
The Grains for Health Foundation, through the College of Food, Agriculture and Natural Resource Sciences at UMN, conducted a conference related to grain food and childhood obesity. Along with several other presenters, two keynote addresses were given: Virginia A. Stallings, MD, Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania Scholl of Medicine, spoke on the IOM School Nutrition Guidelines and William H. Dietz, MD, PhD, Director of the Division of Nutrition, Physical and Activity in the Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion at the CDC, presented “Childhood Obesity: Systemic Approach – Sustainable Solution.” This conference was co-sponsored by the Minnesota Obesity Center along with the Department of Food Science & Nutrition, the Food Industry Center, Healthy Foods Healthy Lives Institute, and the Wheat Foods Council.

June 5

Dan Buettner was the key note speaker for the Food Science and Nutrition Alumni and Friends Reunion. Mr. Buettner is a world renowned explorer, National Geographic writer, and author of “The Blue Zone: Lessons for Living Longer from the People Who’ve Lived the Longest.” Mr. Buettner’s presentation took audiences into the world’s Blue Zones and discussed his group’s Vitality Project. He has been featured on CNN, ABC Good Morning America, ABC Nightly News, The Oprah Winfrey Show and more. Other features of the event included a “History of the Food Science and Nutrition Department” presented by a Prof. Emeritus, speakers on the present and future directions of the department, and tours of local landmarks. The Minnesota Obesity Center helped to sponsor Dr. Buettner’s presentation.

June 9-12

International Society of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity Meeting
The International Society of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity (ISBNPA) is a professional organization committed to the betterment of human health and the free exchange of ideas, especially data-based findings, regarding diet and physical activity research, programs and policy. The 2010 ISBNPA Annual Conference will be held in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The local organizing committee is comprised of several Center investigators. The Minnesota Obesity Center is helping to sponsor this event.

Keynotes speakers include:

  • Robert W. Jeffery, PhD, Director, Obesity Prevention Center and Professor Division of Epidemiology and Community Health, School of Public Health, UMN
  • Knut-Inge Klepp, PhD, MPH, Professor, Department of Nutrition, Faculty of Medicine, University of Oslo, Norway
  • David Ludwig, MD, PhD, Director, Obesity Program, Department of Endocrinology, Children’s Hospital and Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School, Boston
  • Paschal Sheeran, PhD, Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Sheffield, Sheffield, United Kingdom
  • Deborah Tate, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Health and Behavioral Education, Gillings School of Global Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

September 30 & October 1

Healthy Foods/Healthy Lives 2nd Annual Symposium
FOOD FOR THOUGHT - Healthy Foods Summit 2010
The Food for Thought Summit, a program of the University of Minnesota Healthy Foods, Healthy Lives Institute and the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, will present emerging scientific research that adds new insight into just how important certain plant foods are for human health – and why. Leading scientists will give updates on their latest research and present case studies on what factors can help motivate people to improve their health by eating more plants – fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, grains and legumes.

November 18

Samuel W. Cushman, PhD, Senior Investigator and Chief, Experimental Diabetes, Metabolism, and Nutrition Section, NIDDK/NIH, visited the University of Minnesota where he presented two seminars, one for the Endocrinology City-Wide Conference and the second for the Nutrition Graduate Seminar Series. These seminars were entitled “Dynamic Molecular Organization of GLUT-4 and Insulin-Stimulated Glucose Transport” and “Regulation of Adipose Cell Growth and Turnover, and its Dysfunction in Insulin Resistance.” Dr. Cushman’s visit was sponsored by U of M Medical School, Center for Diabetes Research, U of M Nutrition Graduate Program, U of M Healthy Foods, Health Lives Institute, and the Minnesota Obesity Center.