The seminar is sponsored by the Nutrition Obesity Research Center and co-sponsored by the Department of Nutrition Sciences.
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Date Speaker Topic Resources
January 8 Randy Seeley, PhD, Professor, Director, UC/CCHMC Center of Excellence in Obesity and Diabetes, University of Cincinnati, Reading, OH "Bariatric Surgery: It’s not what you think it is. Molecular targets for the effects of surgery" video
January 15 Michael Pratt, PhD, Director, Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, Chief of Physical Activity and Health Branch, CDC, Atlanta, GA "The Global Pandemic of Physical Inactivity" video
January 22 Danielle Bouchard, PhD, Assistant Professor, Health, Leisure and Human Performance Research Institute, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada "Sarcopenia and Dynapenia: Is there different implications for obese older adults?" video
January 29 Jayson Lusk, PhD, Professor and Willard Sparks Endowed Chair, Department of Agricultural Economics, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK "The Economics and Politics Obesity" video
February 5 Dr. David Allison, Distinguished Professor, Associate Dean for Science, Director, Office of Energetics, Director, Nutrition Obesity Research Center, UAB "Myths, Presumptions, and Facts About Obesity"
February 12 Anthony Sclafani, PhD, Distinguished Professor, Department of Psychology, Brooklyn College of CUNY, Brooklyn, NY "Gut-Brain Nutrient Signaling: Appetition vs. Satiation"
February 19 Miriam Vos, MD, MSPH, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Emory University School of Medicine, Research Program Director, Child Wellness, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Atlanta, GA "From Sugar to Fat: Role of Fructose in Fatty Live Disease"
February 26 Douglas Paddon-Jones, PhD, Professor, Department of Nutrition and Metabolism, The University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX "The Role of Protein in Health and Disease" video
March 5 John Higginbotham, PhD, MPH, Associate Dean for Research and health Policy, Health Policy, The University of Alabama School of Medicine, Tuscaloosa, AL "Project United: Using New Interventions Together to Eliminate Disparities" video
March 12 Timothy Griffin, PhD, Assistant Member, Free Radical Biology and Aging Program, Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, Oklahoma City, OK "Obesity and Osteoarthritis: Too much joint loading or not enough?" video
March 19 David A. Levitsky, PhD, Professor of Psychology/Nutrition Sciences, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY "The weigh to control body weight" video
March 26 Stephen Woods, PhD, Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine, Cincinnati, OH "Peptides, food intake and body weight: Problems of interpretation" video
April 2 Richard J. Bloomer, Chair, Department of Health and Sport Sciences, Director, Cardiorespiratory/Metabolic Laboratory, The University of Memphis, Memphis, TN "Oxidative Stress Induced Via Exercise and Feeding: Implications for Human Health" video
* April 2 Catherine Woteki, PhD, Under Secretary for United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Research, Education, and Economics (REE) mission area, Department's Chief Scientist. "Public Health and Food Security: The Nutrition Nexus"
April 9 "Tasting menu from New NORC Members"
Peggy Biga, PhD, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Biology, UAB "Fish as model organisms: Comparative analyses of different growth potentials"
Larrell L. Wilkinson, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Human Studies, UAB "Health Disparities: Examining Individual, Contextual, & Behavioral Factors that Shape Health Outcomes"
Danielle Powell, MD, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, UAB "Weight Gain after Spinal Cord Injury"
April 16 Lora Burke, PhD, MPH, RN, FAAN, Professor, Health and Community Systems, School of Nursing, University of Pittsburg, Pittsburg, PA "The Integration of mHealth in a Program of Behavior Change Research" video
April 30 Steven R. Smith, MD, Scientific Director and Professor of the Translational research Institute for Metabolism and Diabetes, Florida Hospital, Orlando, FL "Unraveling the Molecular Origins of Body Fat Distribution" video
May 7 Brian Parks, PhD, Postdoctoral Researcher, University of California, Los Angeles, CA "A systems genetics approach to study obesity, dietary interactions, and the microbiome" video
May 14 W. Timothy Garvey, MD, Professor/Chairman, Department of Nutrition Sciences Chair Office, UAB "Complications-Centric Model for the Medical Management of Obesity" video
May 21 Megan Workman, PhD, Department of Anthropology, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM "Developmental Influences on Metabolism and Body Composition"
June 12 Hiroshi Nishiura, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Global Health Policy, And Keisuke Ejima, PhD Candidate, Information Science and Technology, The University of Tokyo, Japan "Dependent Happening in Epidemiology" video
August 7 William Anderson, PhD, Department of Sociology, UAB "A Constructal Systemic Approach to the Sociological Study of Health and Illness."
* August 13 Steven B Heymsfield, MD, Chair in Nutrition at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center of the Louisiana State University System "Evolving Concepts on Human Energy Expenditure" video
* August 13 Christine L. Pelkman, PhD, Senior Nutrition Scientist and Clinical Research Manager, Ingredion Incorported, Nutrition R&D, Bridgewater, NJ "Resistant Starch-Physiological Benefits of a Unique Dietary Fiber"
August 15 Katherine A. Sauder, Predoctoral Fellow, Pistachio Diabetes Study Coordinator, Department Biobehavioral Health, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA "The Relationship Between Diet and Vascular Health"
September 3 Julian Alston, PhD, Professor, Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Director, Robert Mondavi Institute Center for Wine Economics, University of California, Davis, CA "Farm and Food Policy and Obesity" video
September 10 Cara Ebbeling, PhD, Assistant Professor, Children’s Hospital Boston, Department of Pediatrics, Division of Endocrinology, Harvard University, Boston, MA "Dietary Interventions for Obesity: Is Macronutrient Composition Important" video
September 17 Rick Weiss, President, Founder & Chief Wellness Engineer, Viocare, Inc., Princeton, NJ "Recent Advances in Personalized Nutrition Technology" video
September 24 Terry W. Snell, PhD, Professor and Chair, Elizabeth Smithgall Watts Chair, in Animal Behavior and Conservation, School of Biology, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA "Searching for Dietary Supplements that Extend Lifespan" video
October 1 Paul Rozin, PhD, Professor, Department Psychology, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania "Eating and the environment" video
October 8 Edward Ip, PhD, Professor, Department of Biostatistical Sciences and Department of Social Sciences & Health Policy, Wake Forest University School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, NC "Multichain hidden Markov models for studying psychological and behavioral profiles: Two applications in obesity research" video
October 15 Aldrons Jake Lusis, PhD, Professor, Departments of Medicine, Cardiology, Human Genetics, Microbiology, Immunology & Molecular Genetics, The Lusis Laboratory, University of California, Los Angeles, CA "Interactions of diet, microbiota, and genetics in cardiometabolic traits" video
October 22 Michael O. Thorner, PhD, M.B.B.S., Professor, Endocrinology and Metabolism Medicine, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA "Ghrelin regulation and its implications for its physiological role" video
October 29 Donald K. Ingram, PhD, Professor, Nutritional Neuroscience and Aging Laboratory Director, Animal Metabolism and Behavior Core, Pennington Biomedical Research Center, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA "Good Stress: Hormesis as a Mechanism Underlying Health Benefits of Botanicals and Calorie Restriction" video
October 30 TaShauna U. Goldsby, PhD, Clinical Research Scientist, Center for Metabolic Health and The Hospital of Central Connecticut, New Britain, CT. "Designing Real-World Behavioral Change Interventions for Obesity."
November 5 Paul A.S. Breslin, PhD, Professor, Department of Nutritional Sciences, Rutgers University, Philadelphia, PA "Anticipatory digestive responses to foods" video
November 19 Antonio Vidal-Puig, MD, PhD, FRCP, Professor Medicine Nutrition and Metabolism, Scientific Director Cambridge Phenomics Centre, Associate Faculty Sanger Institute, Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge, UK "Adipose Tissue Expandability, Lipotoxicity and the Metabolic Syndrome" video
November 26 Christopher Kuzawa, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL "Epigenetic, developmental and intergenerational influences on US cardiovascular health disparities" video
December 3 Philipp Gut, MD, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, Stainier Lab, Biochemistry and Biophysics Department, University of California, San Francisco, CA "Fishing for new drugs: Chemical profiling of metabolic networks in Zebrafish" video
December 10 Mark Friedman, PhD, Member and Director of Technology Transfer, Monell Chemical Senses Center, Philadelphia, PA "Why Getting Fat Makes You Overeat" video
December 17 Lance Baumgard, PhD, Associate Professor, Norman Jacobson Endowed Professor, Iowa State University, Ames, IA "The effects of hyperthermia on nutrient partitioning" video
December 18 Stephen J. Carter, Exercise Science at the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL "The Influence of Aspirin on Body Temperature Regulation in Humans"
* Special NORC Seminar