2013 Seminar Series

January 31, 2013

Shalamar Sibley, M.D., Division of Endocrinology and Diabetes, UMN, presented a talk entitled “Lifting Weight: Life and Times at the University Adult Weight Management Clinic” at the Endocrine City-Wide Conference sponsored by the Division of Endocrinology in the Department of Medicine at the University of Minnesota.  Dr. Sibley is a Participating Investigator with the Minnesota Obesity Center.

February 21, 2013

Carrie Earthman, Ph.D., Department of Food Science & Nutrition, UMN, presented a talk entitled “Vitamin D Status Following Gastric Bypass Surgery” at the Endocrine City-Wide Conference sponsored by the Division of Endocrinology in the Department of Medicine at the University of Minnesota.  Dr. Earthman is a Participating Investigator with the Minnesota Obesity Center.

March 6, 2013

Sheila Collins, PhD, from the Sanford Burnham Medical Research Institute Diabetes and Obesity Research Center in Orlando, FL, presented the 14th Nelson D. Goldberg Lecture in Signal Transduction and Metabolism.  The title of her presentation was "Converging Cyclic Nucleotide Second Messengers Regulate Fat Metabolism."  This event was sponsored by the Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology & Biophysics, and co-sponsored by the Minnesota Obesity Center.

March 7, 2013

David A. Bernlohr, Ph.D., Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Biophysics, UMN, presented a talk entitled “Oxidative Stress, Mitochondrial Dysfunction and Insulin Resistance” at the Endocrine City-Wide Conference sponsored by the Division of Endocrinology in the Department of Medicine at the University of Minnesota.  Dr. Bernlohr is a Participating Investigator with the Minnesota Obesity Center.

March 28, 2013

Charles J. Billington, M.D., Division of Endocrinology, Metabolism & Nutrition, VA Medical Center, presented a talk entitled “New Obesity Medications” at the Endocrine City-Wide Conference sponsored by the Division of Endocrinology in the Department of Medicine at the University of Minnesota.  Dr. Billington is a Participating Investigator with the Minnesota Obesity Center.

April 1-5, 2013

The National Public Health Week Film Festival 2013

Genetically-engineered foods, breast cancer, bullying and mental health, Bhopali – India’s worst industrial disaster, and gender identity were the topics of this year’s ninth annual festival, hosted by the University of Minnesota School of Public Health. The first day of the Festival featured “Genetic Roulette” which takes a look at genetically engineered foods and rising disease rates in the U.S. population.  David Wallinga moderated a panel of experts following the screening.  The Minnesota Obesity Center is a supporting sponsor of the Film Festival.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Eating Disorders Examination Training

Training in the Eating Disorder Examination (EDE) was conducted by Kelly C. Berg, Ph.D., and Carol B. Peterson, Ph.D., of the Department of Psychiatry, University of Minnesota.  The Eating Disorder Examination is considered the most comprehensive and well researched assessment of eating disorder pathology.  This investigator-based interview assesses the cognitive and behavioral symptoms of eating disorders and can be used to provide dimensional ratings of symptom severity as well as generate diagnoses of anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder, and eating disorder not otherwise specified. This training provided an overview of how to administer the EDE in both research and clinical settings.  Target audience:  Clinicians working with eating disorder patients and investigators conducting research in disordered eating.  This training was sponsored by the Minnesota Obesity Center.

September 25, 2013

Obesity Research Day 2013

The Minnesota Obesity Center sponsored a day long program of current research findings in obesity on Wednesday, September 25, 2013, held in the Maroon & Gold Room at the McNamara Alumni Center. The program featured Research Core presentations and a Childhood Obesity Mini-Symposium:

Douglas Mashek, Ph.D., Department of Food Science & Nutrition, UMN

The Mediterranean Lifestyle: Is the Path to Understanding its Benefits Paved in Fat?

Carol B. Peterson, Ph.D., Department of Psychiatry, UMN

Identifying Momentary Precipitants of Eating Behavior as Maintenance Factors and 

Treatment Targets in Binge Eating Disorder and Bulimia Nervosa

Childhood Obesity Mini-Symposium

Moderator: Claudia Fox, M.D., Director, Pediatric Weight Management Clinic, UMN

Nancy E. Sherwood, Ph.D., HealthPartners Institute for Education & Research

      Pediatric Primary Care-Based Obesity Prevention

Steven D. Stovitz, M.D., Family Medicine & Community Health, UMN

      Stage 1 Treatment of Pediatric Overweight and Obesity: A Pilot and Feasibility Study

Aaron S. Kelly, Ph.D., Pediatrics, UMN

      Pharmacotherapy in Severe Pediatric Obesity

The poster session featured Pilot & Feasibility Award Recipients and Research Core Presentations:

Research Core Poster Presentations

Joel S. Burrill, Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology & Biophysics, UMN, Obesity and Inflammation Affects Branch Chain Amino Acid Uptake and Metabolism in Adipose Tissue

Wendy S. Hahn / Rocio A. Foncea, Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology & Biophysics, UMN, Pro-inflammatory Cytokines Regulate Adipocyte Mitochondrial Metabolism, Morphology and Dynamics

Katie Loth, Division of Epidemiology & Community Health, UMN, Are Food Restriction and Pressure-to-Eat Parenting Practices Associated with Adolescent Disordered Eating Behaviors?

Dalay Olson, Graduate Program in Integrative Biology & Physiology, UMN, Obesity Induced Oxidative Stress Results in Increased Lipid Aldehydes and Protein Carbonylation

Hongliang Xu, Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology & Biophysics, UMN, The Anti-Inflammatory Effects of the FABP4 Knockout may be Mediated by Up-Regulation of UCP2

Pilot & Feasibility Poster Presentations

David Brockman / Daniel Gallaher, Department of Food Science & Nutrition, UMN, Viscous Dietary Fibers Added to a High Fat Diet Decrease Fatty Liver, Reduce Hepatic Gene Expression of Gluconeogenic Enzymes and Improve Metabolic Flexibility in Obese Rats

Mary Hearst, Division of Epidemiology & Community Health, UMN, Validation of a Home Food Inventory among Low-income Spanish and Somali Speaking Families

Mary Hearst, Division of Epidemiology & Community Health, UMN, Increasing Fruit and Vegetable Consumption and Offerings to Somali Children: The FAV-S Pilot Study

Toben F. Nelson, Division of Epidemiology & Community Health, UMN, A Pilot Study to Explore Energy Expenditure and Energy Intake among Youth Sport Participants

Lesley Scibora / Moira Petit, Division of Kinesiology, UMN, Bone and Cardiovascular Health in Obese Adolescents Following Bariatric Surgery

 

October 14 & 15, 2013

2013 U of M Healthy Foods, Healthy Lives Symposium and Food Summit

Food and the Environment: Healthy Planet, Healthy People

The 5th Annual Healthy Foods Research Symposium, co-hosted by two University institutions dedicated to public health and well-being, the Healthy Foods, Healthy Lives (HFHL) Institute and the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, was held October 14 & 15 at the Commons Hotel (Oct. 14) and the Landscape Arboretum (Oct. 15). This year’s research symposium focused on food and the environment: the impact of climate and environmental changes on food production and conversely, the impact of food production on the environment.  The event featured a research symposium led by world-renowned experts in food, health, and the environment, followed by a day of case studies and conversations on best practices with community members, health service practitioners, dietitians, policy makers and researchers.  The Minnesota Obesity Center was a Supporting Sponsor for this event.

November 6, 2013

Terry Huang, Ph.D., Department of Health Promotion, Social, and Behavioral Health, University of Nebraska Medical Center, presented a seminar for the Nutrition Graduate Seminar Series entitled A Systems Approach to Childhood Obesity.”  It is possible to view the Graduate Seminar presentations live via UMConnect and a password is not needed. To view live, or see previous web casts anytime, enter as a guest via the UMConnect Web Seminar Recording link found on the Food Science & Nutrition website for each seminar and follow the prompts.  This seminar was co-sponsored by the Department of Food Science and Nutrition Graduate Seminar Series and the Minnesota Obesity Center.

November 11-15, 2013

2013 Cell Biology of Obesity and Diabetes Course

Doctoral course organized by the Karolinska Institutet Graduate School with the University of Minnesota

Course Director:  Professor David Bernlohr, Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Biophysics, University of Minnesota.

Course Objectives:  After the completed course, the doctoral student can describe and relate important concepts in cell biology underlying human obesity, diabetes and related disorders. The student can discuss and evaluate the different model systems used in the study of human obesity and diabetes, such as cell lines and animal model systems. The student can demonstrate knowledge of, and critically evaluate some of the cell biology techniques used.

The course contains lectures, discussions, seminars and student presentations focusing on the cell biology of human obesity. The course is given full time in English in Minneapolis, MN, as a joint activity between the University of Minnesota, The Minnesota Obesity Center, International Medical Education and Research (IMER) program and the Curtis L. Carlson Medical Research And Educational Exchange program, and the Karolinska Institutet, Doctoral course program in Cell Biology and Genetics and Doctoral course program in Regenerative Medicine and the Linneaus Center of Excellence in Developmental Biology for Regenerative Medicine.

In addition, a group of students and faculty will go to Stockholm in the fall of 2014 to participate in a partner course on Molecular Metabolism.

http://www.dbrm.se/twiki5/bin/view/ResearchSchool/ObesityDiabetes/WebHome

November 11, 2013

Jan Nedergaard, Ph.D., Wenner-Gren Institute, Stockholm University, presented a lecture entitled "White, Bright, Beige and Brown: An Exploration of Adipose Biology."  This was a special Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, and Biophysics lecture given in conjunction with the Karolinska Institute-University of Minnesota Course in The Cell Biology of Obesity and Diabetes November 11-15, 2013.

November 14, 2013

Lisa Chow, M.D., Division of Endocrinology and Diabetes, UMN, presented a talk entitled “A Look at Fitness Change” at the Endocrine City-Wide Conference sponsored by the Division of Endocrinology in the Department of Medicine at the University of Minnesota.  Dr. Chow is a Participating Investigator with the Minnesota Obesity Center.

December 5, 2013

Donsheng Cai, M.D., Ph.D., Albert Einstein College of Medicine, presented “Hypothalamic Inflammation in Metabolic Syndrome and Aging” at the Minneapolis VA Medical Center.  During his visit, Dr. Cai met with lab groups from the VA Medical Center to discuss research findings, ideas and results.  This visit was co-sponsored by the Minneapolis VA GRECC and the Minnesota Obesity Center

December 11, 2013

Howard C. Towle, Ph.D., Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, and Biophysics, UMN, delivered the 8th annual Henderson Lecture.  His lecture was entitled “ChREBP: A Glucose-regulated Transcription Factor.”  The LaVell M. Henderson Nutritional Biochemistry Lectureship Series is jointly sponsored by the Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Biophysics, and the Department of Food Science and Nutrition.  Dr. Towle is a longstanding Participating Investigator and Co-Core Director with the Minnesota Obesity Center who is retiring.  To find out more about the LaVell M. Henderson Biochemistry Lectureship Series, follow this link: https://www.cbs.umn.edu/BMBB/seminars/henderson

December 16, 2013

Dale A. Schoeller, Ph.D., Department of Nutritional Sciences, University of Wisconsin at Madison, presented a seminar for the Nutrition Graduate Seminar Series entitled Human Energy Balance: Simple Math Hides Complex Reality.”  It is possible to view the Graduate Seminar presentations live via UMConnect and a password is not needed. To view live, or see previous web casts anytime, enter as a guest via the UMConnect Web Seminar Recording link found on the Food Science & Nutrition website for each seminar and follow the prompts.  This seminar was co-sponsored by the Department of Food Science and Nutrition Graduate Seminar Series and the Minnesota Obesity Center.