2007 Seminar Series
Leonard H. Epstein, PhD, Division of Behavioral Medicine and Department of Pediatrics at the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences presented a seminar entitled, "Behavioral Choice Theory and Pediatric Obesity." This seminar is co-sponsored by the Minnesota Obesity Center and the UMN Obesity Prevention Center.
David A. Kessler, MD, former FDA commissioner, participated in the "Great Conversation" series with Dean Allen Levine on the topic of the Obesity Epidemic. Dr. Kessler was involved in tightening the regulation of the tobacco industry, and discussed how current policies relate to obesity.
Matthew M. Clark, PhD, Professor of Psychology, Mayo Clinic, presented “The Top 10 Barriers to Health Behavior Change” and discussed how organizations can provide their employees with tools to overcome these psychosocial barriers.
Jeffrey Schwimmer, MD, from the University of California, San Diego, Department of Pediatrics, Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, presented two seminars on pediatric obesity entitled “Pediatric Energy Imbalance: Canary in a Hepatocyte” and “Burrowing for Common Ground: A Golden Give and Take on Pediatric Obesity Treatment.” He provided a combined lecture on pediatric obesity and clinical research to SPH students, interested UMN students, as well as MNOC Participating Investigators. Additionally, Dr. Schwimmer met individually with several Center investigators to discuss his current clinical research, as well as potential research collaborations. This event was sponsored with the Obesity Prevention Center.
Samuel W. Cushman, PhD, Senior Investigator, Chief of Experimental Diabetes, Metabolism, and Nutrition Section Diabetes Branch, NIDDK/NIH, MD, presented a seminar entitled “Role of Dysfunctional Adipogenesis in Insulin Resistance.”
Allen S. Levine, PhD, Dean of the College of Food, Agricultural, and Natural Resource Sciences, UMN, and Director of the Minnesota Obesity Center, presented a seminar entitled “Why Can’t We Stop Eating?”
Shaw Watanabe, PhD, Director of the National Institute of Health and Nutrition in Japan, visited the University of Minnesota to investigate the various research programs in obesity prevention. Dr. Watanabe met with several MNOC Participating Investigators during this visit. This event was sponsored with the Obesity Prevention Center.
CNRU/ONRC Directors Meeting The Minnesota Obesity Center hosted the NIH/NIDDK CNRU/ONRC Directors Meeting on September 24, 2007. It was held in the Johnson Great Room at the McNamara Alumni Center in Minneapolis. Speakers included members of the Minnesota Obesity Center and USJCMSP Nutrition and Metabolism Panel members:
- David A. Bernlohr, PhD, Professor and Head, Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology & Biophysics, UMN
- James A. Levine, MD, PhD, Endocrine Research Unit, Mayo Clinic, Rochester MN
“Non-exercise activity thermogenesis (NEAT)”
- Catherine M. Kotz, PhD, Professor, GRECC, VA Medical Center, Dept. Food Science and Nutrition, UMN
“Brain regulation of NEAT and obesity resistance”
- Nancy E. Sherwood, PhD, Research Investigator, HealthPartners Research Foundation, Assistant Professor, Division of Epidemiology and Community Health, School of Public Health, UMN
“Obesity research in health care systems: Opportunities for behavioral and systems-level interventions”
- Robert J. Kuczmarski, DrPH, Director, Obesity Prevention and Treatment Program, NIDDK, NIH, AND Alan Chait, MD, Professor of Medicine; Head, Division of Metabolism, Endocrinology & Nutrition, University of Washington
“Overview of the USJCMSP Nutrition and Metabolism Panel”
- Masanobu Kawakami, MD, Professor and Chairman, Department of Medicine, Omiya Medical Center, Jichi Medical School
“Obesity and metabolic problems in Vietnam (Study Design)”
- Tohru Funahashi, MD, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Metabolic Medicine, Graduate School of Medicine, Osaka University
- Hideaki Bujo, MD, PhD, Professor, Department of Genome Research and Clinical Application, School of Medicine, Chiba University
“Lipoprotein lipase (LPL): a player or a marker of insulin sensitivity”
- Shizukiyo Ishikawa, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor, Center for Community Medicine, Jichi Medical University
“Are current criteria of metabolic syndrome appropriate as predictive risk factors?”
- Shaw Watanabe, MD, DMSC, Director General, National Institute of Health and Nutrition
“Saku Control of Obesity Project (SCOP)”
- Wilfred Y. Fujimoto, MD, Professor Emeritus of Medicine, University of Washington
“Lessons learned about fat deposition and co-morbidities in second- and third-generation Japanese Americans”
Jane Wardle, PhD, Professor in Clinical Psychology and Director of the Health Behavior Unit at University College London, presented a seminar entitled “Appetite and Adiposity: Re-building a Psychological Theory of Obesity.” Dr. Wardle’s area of research includes investigations of the relationship between eating style and obesity in children, the behavior genetics of eating behavior, and treatment of obese children. This event was sponsored by the University of Minnesota Obesity Prevention Center, the Institute for Advanced Study, the Nutrition Graduate Program, the Healthy Foods Healthy Lives Institute, and the Minnesota Obesity Center.
Andrew Steptoe, D.Sc., British Heart Foundation Professor of Psychology in the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health at University College London presented a seminar entitled “Positive Well-Being, Biology and Health.” Dr. Steptoe’s area of research includes investigations into biological processes through which social status and other psychosocial factors influence disease risk, emotional factors in the triggering of coronary ischaemia and acute coronary syndromes, and development of behavior change programs. This event was sponsored by the University of Minnesota Obesity Prevention Center, the Institute for Advanced Study, the Nutrition Graduate Program, the Healthy Foods Healthy Lives Institute, and the Minnesota Obesity Center.
Yuriko Kikuchi, PhD, DMS, Instructor from the Department of Preventative Medicine and Public Health in the School of Medicine at Keio University, Tokyo was a Visiting Instructor for two years, collaborating with Dr. Simone French on research in public health nutrition epidemiology. Dr. Kikuchi is an Instructor in the Department of Preventive Medicine and Public Health in the School of Medicine at Keio University, Tokyo.