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9th Postgraduate Nutrition Symposium
Obesity & Inflammation

PME logo Over the past decade, obesity has been linked with inflammation. It is generally accepted that this inflammation may be critically involved in the early onset of components of the metabolic syndrome as well as cancer. Accordingly, having a better understanding of the association of obesity with inflammation may help clinicians deal with the severe complications of obesity.

A panel of world-renowned physicians and researchers will present knowledge on subjects crucial to the understanding of the critical role of inflammation may play in insulin resistance and development of obesity-related pathologies, and the investigation into whether certain dietary/nutritional components may prevent the development and progression of these complications.

Below are links to each of the presentations given at the 9th Postgraduate Nutrition Symposium Obesity & Inflammation live Symposium in Boston, MA on March 21st & 22nd, 2007. Each of the links will open the presentation in a new window. System Requirements: You will need Macromedia's Flash player to view these presentations.

W. Allan Walker, MD
Conrad Taff Professor of Nutrition
Director, Division of Nutrition
Harvard Medical School

Keynote Address:
Obesity & Inflammation: Integration of Metabolic & Immune Responses

Gökhan S. Hotamisligil, MD, PhD
Chairman of the Department of Genetics and Complex Diseases
James Stevens Simmons Professor of Genetics and Metabolism
Harvard School of Public Health

Session I - Human Studies

Inflammation and Obesity Related Pathologies
Paresh Dandona, MD, PhD
Director, Diabetes - Endocrinology Center of Western New York
Distinguished Professor in Medicine
State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo

Inflammation and Obesity Related Pathologies
Eric Rimm, ScD
Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Nutrition
Harvard School of Public Health

Therapeutic Opportunities Targeting Inflammation in Humans
Allison B. Goldfine, MD
Assistant Director, Clinical Research Section
Joslin Diabetes Center

Session II - Macrophages & Metabolic Disease

Infiltration of Adipose Tissue by Immune Cells in Obesity: Chicken or Egg?
Haiyan Xu, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Endocrinology Division
Brown University
Division of Biology and Medicine, Brown Medical Center

Adipocyte Death & Macrophage Infiltration into Adipose Tissue in Obesity
Andrew S. Greenberg, MD
Dr. Robert C. and Veronica Atkins
Professorship in Metabolism and Nutrition
Scientist I and Director, Obesity and Metabolism Laboratory
Tufts University

PPARd and macrophage responses
Chih-Hao Lee, PhD
Assistant Professor of Genetics and Complex Diseases
Harvard School of Public Health

Session III - New Paths Integrating Metabolism and Inflammation

Macrophage ER Stress and Atherosclerosis
Ira Tabas, MD, PhD
Richard J. Stock Professor and Vice-Chair of Research
Department of Medicine, Columbia University
Professor of Medicine and Anatomy & Cell Biology (in Physiology and Cellular Biophysics) Columbia University

Role of Inflammation in Non-alcoholic Steatohepatitis
Anna Mae Diehl, MD
Professor of Medicine
Chief, Division of Gastroenterology
Director, Duke Liver Center, Duke University

Neuropeptides, Mesenteric Fat, and Intestinal Inflammation
Charalabos Pothoulakis, MD
Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical Center
Director, Gastroenterology Neuropeptide Center
Division of Gastroenterology, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Session IV - Inflammation and Complications of Obesity

The Role of TLR in Obesity and Diabetes
Jeffrey Flier, MD
Chief Academic Officer
Harvard Faculty Dean for Academic Affairs, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
George C. Reisman Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

IKK-NFkB Pathway in Obesity and Diabetes
Steven E. Shoelson, MD, PhD
Helen and Morton Adler Chair,
Section Head, Cellular & Molecular Physiology, and Associate Director of Research, Joslin Diabetes Center
Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Oxidative Stress in Obesity and Diabetes
Philipp E. Scherer, PhD
Director, Touchstone Diabetes Center
Department of Internal Medicine
The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

Session V - Lessons from other Disease States

Inflammation and Cancer
Glenn Dranoff, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Stress, Inflammation and Neurologic Disease
Xandra O. Breakefield, PhD
Professor, Department of Neurology, Harvard Medical School
Geneticist (Neurology and Radiology)
Massachusetts General Hospital

Leptin as a Proinflammatory Mediator in Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Giamila Fantuzzi, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Human Nutrition
University of Illinois at Chicago

Program made possible by an Unrestricted Educational Grants from: The Beverage Institute for Health and Wellness of The Coca-Cola Company, McNeil Nutritionals, LLC, A Johnson & Johnson Company, The Peanut Institute and The Conrad Taff Teaching Fund.


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