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Second Short Course on Mathematical Sciences in Obesity Research

On-line Registration:    Closed   
Held On:    Mon 6/22/2015 - Fri 6/26/2015   
Location:     The University of Alabama at Birmingham
The School of Public Health
1665 University Boulevard, fifth floor, room RPHB 507
Birmingham AL 35233   
Lodging Options:
(within walking distance)
    Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Birmingham
808 South 20th Street
Birmingham, AL  35205
(205) 933-9000

Residence Inn Birmingham
821 20th St S
Birmingham, AL 35205-2713
(205) 731-9595

Organizing Committee:   
David Allison, PhD

University of Alabama at Birmingham      Kristi Crowe, PhD, RD, LD Diana Thomas, Ph.D.
Montclair State University     

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The mathematical sciences including engineering, statistics, computer science, physics, econometrics, psychometrics, epidemiology, and mathematics qua mathematics are increasingly being applied to advance our understanding of the causes, consequences, and alleviation of obesity. These applications do not merely involve routine well-established approaches easily implemented in widely available commercial software. Rather, they increasingly involve computationally demanding tasks, use and in some cases development of novel analytic methods and software, new derivations, computer simulations, and unprecedented interdigitation of two or more existing techniques. Such advances at the interface of the mathematical sciences and obesity research require bilateral training and exposure for investigators in both disciplines. This course on the mathematical sciences in obesity research features some of the world’s finest scientists working in this domain to fill this unmet need by providing nine topic driven modules designed to bridge the disciplines.

The goal of our proposed short course is to 1) expose researchers from the mathematical sciences and obesity to the language and methodology at the interface of both disciplines 2) facilitate collaborations between the two groups through effective contact and 3) to guide early investigators interested in conducting research at the interface of the mathematical sciences in obesity on the next career step.

Schedule of Events: [ PDF file]

††Roundtable session will be used to develop projects through activities such as preparing and abstract or specific aims page    Module identification color codes   
Introduction to math method   
Application of method to obesity   
Hands-on interactive session   
Open problems†   

Time    Speaker    Topic    Video   
Day 1 - Monday 6/22/2015   
8:15 - 8:45    Diana Thomas, Montclair    Registration     
8:45 - 9:45    David Allison & Andrew Brown, UAB    Introductory remarks:  A Comedy of Errors    video    
9:45 - 10:30    Steven Heymsfield, PBRC    Overview of state of the field of obesity and mathematical sciences    video    
10:30 - 11:30    David Allison, UAB    Overview of funding approach at NIH and other federal granting agencies    video    
11:30 - 12:45    Lunch   
Module 1: Outcomes in Obesity Randomized Controlled Trials (RCTs)   
1:00 - 1:45    David Allison, UAB    Introduction to RCTs and their quantitative analysis    video    
2:00 - 2:45    David Allison & Peng Li, UAB    Missing data in randomized clinical trials    video    
3:00 - 4:00    Peng Li, UAB    Cluster Randomized Trials and Accommodating Clustering in Animal Studies    video    
4:00 - 5:30    Moderated by Senior Researchers    Roundtable Session††     
Day 2 - Tuesday 6/23/2015   
Module 2: Modeling weight change using energy balance   
9:00 - 9:45    Diana Thomas, Montclair    Introduction to Energy Balance Models    video    
10:00 - 10:45    Kevin Hall, NIH    Macronutrient & Energy Balance Models    video    
11:00 - 11:30    John Apolzan, PBRC    Models delivered using smart phone technology    video    
11:30 - 12:45    Lunch   
Module 3: Modeling Policy Effect on Obesity   
1:00 - 1:45    Stephen T Mennemeyer PhD, UAB    Using Simulation to Estimate Economic Effects: Examples from Cost-Effectiveness of Obesity Programs    video    
2:00 - 2:45    Thomas Flottemesch PhD, HealthPartners    Modeling of policies for childhood and adult obesity management    video    
3:00 - 4:00    Tapan Mehta PhD, UAB    Open problems     
4:00 - 5:30    Moderated by Senior Researchers    Roundtable Session††     
Day 3 - Wednesday 6/24/2015   
Module 4: Modeling Obesity and Economics   
9:00 - 9:45    Adam Knowlden, Univ Alabama    Overview    video    
10:00 - 10:45    Bisakha Sen PhD, UAB    Bringing Tools from The Field of Economics to Better Understand Disparities in Obesity    video    
11:00 - 11:30    Gregory Price, Morehouse    The Economic Anthropometry Approach to Obesity    video    
11:30 - 12:00    Adam Knowlden, Univ Alabama    Open problems    video    
12:00 - 1:00    Lunch   
Module 5: Modeling Behaviorial Responses in Obesity   
1:00 - 1:45    Diana Thomas, Montclair    Overview of the state of the field    video    
2:00 - 2:45    Daniel Rivera, Arizona State    Dynamic modeling of weight and body composition change using the Theory of Planned Behavior and Self-Regulation    video    
2:45 - 3:45    Corby Martin, PBRC    Open Problems    video    
4:00 - 5:30    Moderated by Senior Researchers    Roundtable Session††     
Day 4 - Thursday 6/25/2015   
Module 6: Sensor Models in Obesity   
9:00 - 9:30    Edward Sazonov, Alabama, Tuscaloosa    Overview of the field    video    
9:30 - 10:30    Adam Hoover, Clemson University    Tracking Wrist Motion to Monitor Energy Intake    video    
10:30 - 11:30    Jon Moon, MEI Research    Mathematics of room calorimeters    video    
11:30 - 12:45    Lunch   
Module 7: Scaling Laws and Obesity   
1:00 - 1:20    Steven Heymsfield, PBRC    Overview of the field    video    
1:25 - 2:05    Dave Nelson, Univ S Alabama    Allometric Scaling & Whole-Animal Energy Balances    video    
2:10 - 2:50    Abdul-Aziz Yakubu, Howard Univ    Mathematical energetics of organisms in ecologies    video    
3:00 - 4:00    Steven Heymsfield, PBRC    Open Problems     
4:15 - 5:30    Moderated by Senior Researchers    Roundtable Session††
Preparation for student presentations     
Day 5 - Friday 6/26/2015   
Module 8: Statistical Modeling in Genetics   
9:00 - 9:45    Hemant Tiwari, UAB    Genetic association analysis of 30 genes related to obesity in a European American population: Overview    video    
10:00 - 10:45    Gustavo de los Campos, Michigan State University    Prediction of expected years of life using whole-genome markers    video    
11:00 - 11:30    Audrey Hendricks, UC Denver    Methods for studying rare variants in next generation sequencing data    video    
11:30 - 12:00    Audrey Hendricks, UC Denver    Open problems    video    
12:00 - 1:00    Lunch   
1:00 - 1:45    Student Presentations     
2:00 - 2:45     
3:00 - 3:30     
3:30 - 4:00     
4:15 - 5:30     

At the end of each day of the five-day short course we will ask participants to gather in small groups led by a senior researcher from our pool of lecturers for a period of 90 min. Groups will be developed based on individual participant goals. For example, some participants may feel comfortable developing a specific aims page for an NIH K25, R03, K01, R01 or joint NSF/NIGMS Biological and Mathematical Sciences program. Others may want to collaborate across disciplines and set a second small group meeting through NIMBioS. We will provide a list of suggested activities while remaining open and flexible to the participant needs.

These options and what they will entail will be described on the first day of the short course by either the PI or co-PI. Some participants may decide to switch which round-table they are working with on the second or third day. On the fourth day, a moderator directed self-selected group of 10 participants will be chosen to present their work on the afternoon of the last day.

Contact Information:

Logistics: Richard Sarver
UAB SOPH Dean's office
Office of Energetics & Nutrition Obesity Research Center
1700 University Boulevard, LHL 434
Birmingham AL 35294-0013
Phone: (205) 975-9169

We would like to thank our sponsors for their support: National Institutes of Health & Office of Energetics

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NIH Disclaimer:

This material is based upon work supported by the National Institutes of Health under Grant No. ( R25DK099080-01). Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Institutes of Health.

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