Obesity Webinar Series 2020

Obesity Webinar Series 2020

The Obesity Epidemic:
How basic and translational research are paving the way to improved health

The American Physiological Society and InsideScientific are pleased to announce a joint webinar series focused on late-breaking research and discovery relating to the physiological mechanisms of obesity, cardiometabolic processes and obesity-related disease.

The series will include a number of live webinars hosted between June and December, 2020 focused on top science being conducted by leading obesity researchers from around the world.  In addition, the program will include a number of Technology and Methodology webinars highlighting laboratory innovations and fundamental methods of studying physiological mechanisms central to obesity research and obesity-related diseases.

Lora Heisler, PhD

Chair in Human Nutrition
University of Aberdeen
Institute of Medical Sciences

Brain Circuits Driving Appetite

DATE: WED, JUNE 10, 2020
TIME: 8:00 AM (PT) // 10:00 AM (CT) // 11:00 AM (ET)

In many western countries, nearly a quarter of us meet the criteria for clinical obesity and more than half of us are overweight. This is a medical concern because obesity is a serious risk factor for many major chronic illnesses, such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes and cancer, and as a result, obesity is associated with reduced lifespan by almost a decade. The rapid escalation in the prevalence of obesity and the paucity of obesity medications underscores the necessity of an understanding of the basic neurobiology underlying body weight.

During this webinar, Professor Heisler will discuss brain circuits that are the main known controllers of body weight, such as those activated by the adipocyte hormone leptin. She will review how our genes impact our waistline and will discuss crucial genes such as those in the melanocortin system. Professor Heisler will discuss how obesity medications capitalize on this basic neurobiology to promote satiety, reduce hunger and decrease body weight.

Marshall D. McCue, PhD

Chief Scientific Officer
Sable Systems International

Utilizing Stable Isotope Tracers in Preclinical Models of Obesity

WED, JUN 17, 2020
TIME: 8:00 AM (PT) // 10:00 AM (CT) // 11:00 AM (ET)

Stable isotope analysis is a powerful tool for obesity research. Nutrients labeled with these tracers are nontoxic to animal models and can be continuously tracked in vivo. In this webinar, Dr. Marshall McCue will review stable isotope biochemistry, standard nomenclature, unit conversions and simple calculations. In addition, he will present case studies highlighting the use of novel laser-based stable isotople approaches to track 13C-labeled nutrient oxidation second-by-second in real-time. Dr. McCue will discuss how dietary (exogenous) and stored (endogenous) nutrients can be traced to identify several research questions, including how to tell if your animal is snacking on cached food and how do experimental manipulations alter oxidation of stored lipids.

Kevin Hall, PhD

Integrative Physiology Section Chief,
Laboratory of Biological Modeling,

Calories, Carbs, or Quality? What Matters Most for Body Weight

WED, JUN 24, 2020
TIME: 8:00 AM (PT) // 10:00 AM (CT) // 11:00 AM (ET)

Eating fat makes you fat. No, eating carbs makes you fat. Actually, it’s a simple equation relating calories in and calories out. Such endless debates about putative dietary culprits or cures for obesity have led to widespread public confusion and mistrust in nutrition science. But what is the truth? In this presentation Dr. Kevin Hall will discuss the physiology of body weight regulation and how we adapt to various changes in diet, including the amount of calories, carbs versus fat, as well as differences in diet quality varying in the amounts of “ultra-processed” foods.

… additional Presenters and Sessions will be announced soon!

Program Coordinator:

Andy Henton
Director, InsideScientific
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To discuss participation in this series as a presenter or sponsor, email: [email protected]