2001 Seminar Series

February 16

Timothy H. Moran, PhD, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, presented a seminar entitled "Cholecystokinin interactions in food intake and energy balance." This event was co-sponsored by the Department of Neuroscience.

February 27

Ann E. Kelley, PhD, Department of Psychiatry, University of Wisconsin-Madison Medical School, presented a seminar entitled "Neural Integrative Activities in the Nucleus Accumbens in Relation to Feeding and Motivation." This event was co-sponsored by the Department of Food Science & Nutrition.

April 4

Gokhan S. Hotamisligil, MD, PhD, Department of Nutrition at Harvard University, presented a seminar entitled "The Role of Adipocyte/Macrophage FABPs in Molecular Pathogenesis of Metabolic Syndrome." This event was co-sponsored by the Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Biophysics, and the Minnesota Obesity Center.

April 6

Northland Regional Chapter ACSM 2001 Spring Tutorial was held at the Radison Hotel Metrodome at the University of Minnesota. It featured the Special Symposium: The Heritage Family Study, which included:

  • Special Guest Lecturer:
    Per Olaf Ostrand, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden
  • Speakers:
    Claude Bouchard, PhD, Moderator & Presentor
    Jack Wilmore, PhD, FACSM, Texas A&M; University
    J. Skinner, PhD, FACSM, Arizona State University
    A. Leon, MD, FACSM, University of Minnesota
    D.C.Rao, PhD, FACSM, Washington University
    Toumo Rankinen, Pennington Biomedical Research Center, Baton Rouge, LA

May 3

Barry Popkin, PhD, Carolina Population Center, University of North Carolina, presented a seminar entitled "Dynamic Shifts in Stages of the Nutrition Transition in Developing Countries." This event was co-sponsored by the Department of Food Science & Nutrition.

May 14: Center-Wide Retreat

The Minnesota Obesity Center held its third annual center-wide retreat. Presentations were made by Pilot & Feasibility Award recipients, Center Core Directors, and Center Participating Investigators. This event has increased in popularity over the years and was very well attended. The presentations are followed by a buffet luncheon, which allows people to interact and discuss ideas for potential collaborations and Core usage.

  • Kathryn Schmitz, PhD, MPH, Division of Epidemiology, UMN, Pilot & Feasibility Award Recipient Presentation, "Strength Training For Obesity Prevention in Women - Results From a MNOC Pilot and Feasibility Study"
  • Donald R. Dengel, PhD, School of Kinesiology & Leisure Studies, UMN and VA Medical Center, "What Does Aerobic Exercise Add To A Weight Loss Program?"
  • Scott J. Crow, MD, Director, Clinical Populations/Assessment SubCore, Department of Psychiatry, UMN, "Recent Research in Binge Eating Disorder"
  • Cary N. Mariash, MD, Director, Basic Mechanisms Core, Department of Medicine, UMN, "The S14 Gene Regulates Body Fat and Lipogenesis: an S14 Knockout Model"
  • Maureen McGuire, PhD, Assoc. Director, Epidemiology & Intervention Core, Division of Epidemiology, UMN, "Recent Research in the MNOC Epidemiology Core"
  • Michael D. Jensen, MD, Director, Metabolic Studies Core, Endocrine Research Unit, Mayo Clinic, "Interrelationships Between Gender, Energy Expenditure, and Endogenous Fuel Availability in Humans"

June 7

Marion Nestle, PhD, Chair of the Public Health Nutrition Program at New York University, presented a seminar on "Halting the Obesity Epidemic: Public Health Approaches." This event was co-sponsored by the Division of Epidemiology. The seminar was held in conjunction with a symposium on "Soft Drinks in Schools: Exploring the Issues."

September 11

Nicolas Stettler, MD, Dept. of Pediatrics and Epidemiology, University of Pennsylvania, was to present a seminar entitled "Risk factors for obesity present early in life." This event was to be co-sponsored by the Department of Food Science & Nutrition. (This event was postponed.)

September 25

Nikhil Dhurandhar, PhD, Dept. of Nutrition and Food Science, Wayne State University, presented a seminar entitled "Obesity: An Infectious Disease?" This event was co-sponsored by the Department of Food Science & Nutrition.

October 2: Obesity Research Day

The Minnesota Obesity Center sponsored a day long program of current research findings in obesity. Invited speakers were:

  • Roland L. Weinsier, MD, DrPH, Director, Clinical Nutrition Research Center, Department of Nutrition Sciences, University of Alabama at Birmingham, "Examination of the set-point theory: Does resting metabolic rate contribute to obesity?"
  • Barry E. Levin, MD, Neurology Service, VA Medical Center, East Orange, NJ, "Set-point?: It's all in what you and your brain eats"
  • Michael G. Perri, PhD, ABPP, Department of Clinical & Health Psychology, University of Florida, "Adherence to Exercise Prescriptions"

December 11

Kumar R. Sreekumar, PhD, Department of Medicine, Mayo, presented a seminar entitled "Pathogenesis of Type 2 Diabetes." This event was co-sponsored by the Department of Food Science & Nutrition.