2014 Seminar Series

January 22, 2014

Steven N. Blair, P.E.D., Departments of Exercise Science and Epidemiology/Biostatistics, Arnold School of Public Health, University of South Carolina, presented a seminar entitled “Obesity—Is Diet the Issue?”  Dr. Blair met with several researchers from the Minnesota Obesity Center to discuss research findings and results, and potential ideas for future study during his visit.  This visit was sponsored by the MN Institute of Food Technologists and the Minnesota Obesity Center.

February 13, 2014

Alessandro Bartolomucci, Ph.D., Department of Integrative Biology and Physiology, University of Minnesota, presented a talk entitled “Functional and Structural Analysis of a New Anti-Obesity Molecule: The TLQP-21 Peptide” at the Endocrine City-Wide Conference sponsored by the Division of Endocrinology in the Department of Medicine at the University of Minnesota.  Dr. Bartolomucci is a Participating Investigator with the Minnesota Obesity Center.

February 26, 2014

Qi-Qun Tang, Dean of Basic Sciences at Fudan Medical University, Shanghai, China, presented his work on adipocyte differentiation and development in a seminar entitled "BMP4 on Adipocyte Development and Metabolism."  QQ Tang is an internationally recognized molecular biologist whose lab studies the key transcription factors controlling adipose tissue formation. Dr. Tang’s visit included time spent discussing research ideas with investigators from MNOC. This event, part of the Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology & Biophysics (BMBB) Seminar Series, was co-sponsored by BMBB and the Minnesota Obesity Center. 

March 13, 2014

Tiffany R. Beckman, M.D., M.P.H., Department of Medicine, UMN, presented a talk entitled “Neural Correlates of Food Reward in American Indian Women: an fMRI Study” at the Endocrine City-Wide Conference sponsored by the Division of Endocrinology in the Department of Medicine at the University of Minnesota.  Dr. Beckman is an Associate Investigator with the Minnesota Obesity Center.

March 19, 2014

Christina A. Roberto, Ph.D., Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health and Society Scholar, Assistant Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences and Nutrition, Harvard University School of Public Health, presented a talk entitled “Preventing Obesity and Improving Diet through Public Policy”.  This seminar was supported through the Epidemiology & Intervention Core of the Minnesota Obesity Center.

March 20, 2014

Shalamar Sibley, M.D., Division of Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism, UMN, presented a talk entitled “Low Vitamin D Status and Obesity: Considerations and Implications…… Before and After Bariatric Surgery” 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.

April 17, 2014

Ellen Shur, M.D., Division of General Internal Medicine at Harborview Medical Center, Seattle, WA, presented a talk entitled “State vs. trait? How Hormones, Genes and the Brain Influence Satiety Perception" at the Endocrine City-Wide Conference sponsored by the Division of Endocrinology in the Department of Medicine at the University of Minnesota.  Dr. Shur met with researchers from the Minnesota Obesity Center to discuss research findings and results, and potential ideas for future study during her visit. 

April 22, 2014

Federal Food Programs and the Obesity Epidemic:  Time for a Change?  A symposium to discuss the current state of federal food programs and whether current policy may be contributing to the obesity epidemic. Speakers include:

  • Parke Wilde, PhD: Food policy and federal food programs

Associate Professor, Friedman School of Nutrition Science & Policy, Tufts University

  • Lisa Harnack, DrPH: Restrictions and incentives on specific foods and beverages in food benefit programs: an experimental trial

Professor, Division of Epidemiology & Community Health, University of Minnesota

  • Ellie Lucas: Food insecurity and programs to prevent hunger in Minnesota

Chief Campaign Officer, Hunger-Free Minnesota

Symposium moderated by:

  • Simone A. French, PhD, Professor, Division of Epidemiology & Community Health, University of Minnesota and Director of the Obesity Prevention Center
  • Nancy E. Sherwood, PhD, Senior Investigator and Director of Scientific Development, HealthPartners Institute for Research and Education and Associate Professor, Division of Epidemiology & Community Heath, University of Minnesota

This symposium was supported in part through the Epidemiology & Intervention Core of the Minnesota Obesity Center.

May 6, 2014

Science, Democracy, and a Healthy Food Policy: How Citizens, Scientists, and Public Health Advocates Can Partner to Forge a Better Future Sponsored by the Center for Science and Democracy at the Union of Concerned Sciences in partnership with the Obesity Prevention Center, School of Public Heath, and Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota.  The forum aimed to address major constraints on the roles that science, evidence-based decision making, and constructive debate should play in American discourse and public policy.  This forum was supported in part through the Epidemiology & Intervention Core of the Minnesota Obesity Center.

May 6, 2014

Women’s Children’s and Family’s Health Conference:  Preventing Childhood Obesity through Family Engagement and Policy.  Sponsored by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau Resources and Services Administration.  Leadership Education and Training Program in Maternal and Child Health Nutrition (LET) and the University of Minnesota Obesity Prevention Center. Speakers included:

  • Ashley Gearhardt, PhD:  Food Addiction and Obesity

Assistant Professor, College of Literature, Science and the Arts, University of Michigan

  • Mary Hearst, PhD, MPH:  Treads in Nutrition Quality of Restaurant Foods

Associate Professor, Public Health, St. Catherine University

  • M. Susie Nanney, PhD, MS:  Evaluating Health Eating and Activity Policies in Minnesota School, Research Findings from the ScOPE Study

Associate Professor, Family Medicine & Community Health, University of Minnesota

  • Mina Desai, PhD:  Fetal Origins of Obesity, Implications for Health Care Practice & Policy

Assistant Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of California, Los Angeles

  • Jerica Berge, PhD, MPH: Risk and Protective Factors for Childhood Obesity in the Home Environment, What Do We Know Now?

Assistant Professor, Family Medicine & Community Health, University of Minnesota

  • Sarah Friend, MPH, RD and Colleen Flattum, MS, RD:  Promoting Family Meals and Teaching Cooking Skills in a Community Setting, Health Home Offerings via the Mealtime Environment – The HOME Plus Study, School of Nursing, University of Minnesota

This conference was supported in part through the Epidemiology & Intervention Core of the Minnesota Obesity Center.

September 12, 2014

David B. Allison, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor, Quetelet Endowed Professor of Public Health, Associate Dean for Science, Director of the Office of Energetics and Nutrition Obesity Research Center University of Alabama at Birmingham, presented the 14th Carl J. Martinson, MD, Lectureship in Preventive Medicine.  His talk was entitled “Obesity, Equity, Security, and Belongingness - The Good Life Hypothesis.”  Dr. Allison visited with members of the Minnesota Obesity Center during his visit to the University of Minnesota.

September 10, 2014

Ling Qi, Ph.D., Division of Nutritional Sciences, Cornell University, presented a talk entitled “Role of ER Homeostasis in Health and Disease” at the Department of Food Science and Nutrition Seminar Series.  Dr. Qi met with researchers from the Minnesota Obesity Center to discuss research findings and results, and potential ideas for future study during his visit.  This seminar was co-sponsored by the Department of Food Science and Nutrition Graduate Seminar Series and the Minnesota Obesity Center.

October 16, 2014

Discovery Across Disciplines: A Showcase of Interdisciplinary Research Centers and Institutes, sponsored by the Graduate School and the Office of the Vice President for Research at the University of Minnesota.  This showcase highlighted the exciting and engaging work of more than 50 of the University’s interdisciplinary research centers and institutes.  The Minnesota Obesity Center participated in this event, with a booth displaying information of the Center’s sponsored events, activities and services, featuring the Pilot & Feasibility Program.

October 20-24, 2014

2014 Cell Biology of Obesity and Diabetes Course is the second of a 2-course series of doctoral courses organized by the Karolinska Institutet Graduate School with the University of Minnesota, and was held at the Karolinska Institute (KI) in Stockholm Sweden.  The topic matter was much broader than that covered in the 2013 course and was primarily devoted to metabolic diseases with an emphasis on multiple tissues and system-wide analysis.  UMN Faculty instructed the course that was attended by 6-8 post-doctorates and graduate students from the University of Minnesota. The course contained lectures, discussions, seminars and student presentations focusing on the cell biology of human obesity. The course was given full time in English at the Karolinska Institutet, 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.  The partner course in this series was completed in November 11-15, 2013, at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus.

December 4, 2014

John M. Miles, M.D., Department of Medicine, Mayo Clinic, was to present a talk entitled “Metabolism of Meal Fat in Humans” at the Department of Integrative Biology and Physiology Seminar Series.  However, this talk was postponed due to illness.  Dr. Miles is a Participating Investigator with the Minnesota Obesity Center.

December 11, 2014

Douglas Mashek, Ph.D., Department of Food Science & Nutrition, UMN, presented a talk entitled “Fatty Liver and its Role in 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. Mashek is a Participating Investigator with the Minnesota Obesity Center.