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2014 – Advances & Novel Targets in Energy Balance & Obesity

Sessions can be viewed online by clicking the links below. 

The 15th Annual
Postgraduate Nutrition Symposium


W. Allan Walker, M.D., and Steven Grinspoon, M.D.

SESSION I: Determinants of Energy Expenditure and Balance

Leptin Signaling in Central Appetite Pathways

Rexford S. Ahima, MD, PhD
Professor of Medicine
University of Pennsylvania,
Perelman School of Medicine, Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism

Brown Fat: Critical Determinant of Energy Expenditure

(recording not available)

Aaron Cypess, MD, PhD, MMSc
Assistant Professor
Harvard Medical School
Assistant Investigator and Staff Physician
Joslin Diabetes Center

Metabolic Flexibility and Substrate Partitioning in Energy Balance

Eric Ravussin, PhD
Boyd Professor, Douglas L. Gordon Chair in Diabetes & Metabolism
Associate Executive Director
Pennington Biomedical Research Center

Gastric Peptides in Energy Balance

David E. Cummings, mD

Professor of Medicine and Senior Investigator,

Diabetes and Obesity Center of Excellence

University of Washington

The Effect of Sleep on Energy Balance

Eve Van Cauter, PhD

Professor of Medicine, Frederick H. Rawson Professor

Director, Sleep, Metabolism, and Health Center

The University of Chicago

Roundtable Discussion

SESSION II: Current Therapies for Obesity and Fat Accumulation

Recently Approved Therapeutics for Obesity

Caroline M. Apovian, MD, FACP, FACN

Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics
Boston University School of Medicine
Director, Nutrition and Weight Management Center
Director, Nutrition and Support Service
Boston Medical Center

Targeting of Visceral and Ectopic Adipose Depots

Steven K. Grinspoon, MD

Professor of Medicine
Harvard Medical School
Director, MGH Program in Nutritional Metabolism
Co-Director, Nutrition Obesity Research Center at Harvard, Massachusetts General Hospital

Dietary Strategies for Weight Loss:  More than Just Calories

David S. Ludwig, MD, PhD

Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School
Professor of Nutrition, Harvard School of Public Health
The John Fielding Crigier Jr. & Mary Adele Crigier Chair in Pediatric Endocrinology
Boston Children’s Hospital

Behavioral Modification in Weight Loss Therapy

John P. Foreyt, PhD

Professor, Departments of Pediatrics, Medicine, and Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Director, Behavioral Medicine Research Center
Baylor College of Medicine

Roundtable Discussion

with Abraham Thomas, MD, MPH

Division Head, Endocrinology,
Whitehouse Chair in Endocrinology
Henry Ford Hospital
Chairperson, FDA Endocrinologic and Metabolic Drugs Advisory Committee

SESSION III: Novel Therapeutics to Alter Energy Balance

Welcome and Introductions

George L. Blackburn, MD, PhD

A Novel Muscle Protein Regulating Energy Balance: Irisin

(no recording available)

Bruce M. Spiegelman, PhD

Stanley J. Korsmeyer Professor of Cell Biology and Medicine, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard Medical School

Effects of Gastric Bypass on Energy Therapeutics

Lee M. Kaplan, MD, PhD

Director, Obesity, Metabolism and Nutrition Institute, Massachusetts General Hospital
Associate Professor of Medicine,
Harvard Medical School

Novel Effects of Bile Acids on Energy Regulation

Karen K. Ryan, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism, University of Cincinnati

Potential Effects of Altered Gut Microbiota on Energy Balance

Jonathan Krakoff, MD

Chief, Obesity and Diabetes Clinical Research Section, NIH

Sirtuins in Metabolism and Energy Balance

(no recording available)

Marcia C. Haigis, PhD

Associate Professor, Department of Cell Biology

Harvard Medical School

Roundtable and Closing Remarks