The First International Ancel Keys Symposium on Nutrition and Health: The International Obesity Epidemic

The Division of Epidemiology and School of Public Health designed this Symposium to honor Ancel Keys, MD, PhD, who turned 100 years old in 2004.  Dr. Keys had a prolific and influential career, including founding the Laboratory of Physiological Hygiene, one of two groups that combined in 1983 to become the present Division of Epidemiology.  His contribution to the School, to the University, and to the wider public health has been unique and of great importance.  The topic of this first Symposium was The International Obesity Epidemic.  It featured a celebration of Dr. Keys’ work, followed by a day of talks on obesity and its causes and prevention by 12 internationally eminent speakers.  This event was co-sponsored by the Minnesota Obesity Center. 

The Bollum Symposium in Molecular Biology

This symposium is hosted annually by the Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Biophysics (BMBB) and the Interdisciplinary Program in Signal Transduction and Gene Expression (STAGE).  Through the years, the Minnesota Obesity Center has provided co-sponsorship of several internationally recognized speakers who had a focus on control of genes in metabolism and a particular interest in lipid metabolism.