The seminar is sponsored by the Nutrition Obesity Research Center and co-sponsored by the Department of Nutrition Sciences.

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January 7 Jung Sun Lee, Ph.D., RD, Associate Professor and Faculty of Gerontology, Department of Foods and Nutrition, University of Georgia, Athens, GA "Food Insecurity and Nutritional in Older Adults" Seminar was canceled
January 14 Henry Markram, Ph.D., Professor, Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, Switzerland, Founder, Brain Mind Institute, Founder-Director, Blue Brain Project, Coordinator, Human Brain Project "The Human Brain Project"  
January 15 Carolyn Pritchett, Ph.D., Department of Psychology, Samford University, Birmingham, AL "Investigating the Role of Central GLP-1 in Food Reward"  
January 21   "Tasting Menu from New NORC Members";  
Ganesh V. Halade, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Med-Cardiovascular Disease, UAB "Translational Outlook of Cardiac Remodeling in Obesity and Aging"  
Steven N. Austad, Professor, Chair of Biology, UAB "Sex-Specific Interventions in Aging"  
Robert Sorge, Ph.D., Assistant Professor. Dept. of Psychology, UAB "Dietary influence on pain in animals"  
January 28 Ronald E. Kleinman, MD, Physician in Chief, MassGeneral Hospital for Children, Chair, Department of Pediatrics, MassGeneral Hospital, Charles Wilder Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA "Breastfeeding and infant health: an evidence-based approach" Watch Video
February 4 Juliano Laran, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Marketing, University of Miami School of Business, Coral Gables, FL "Life History Strategy, Food Choice, and Caloric Consumption" Watch Video
February 11 John L. Sievenpiper, MD, Ph.D., Centre St. Michael’s Hospital, Department of Pathology and Molecular Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, McMaster University, Ontario, Canada "Sugars and Cardiometabolic Health: A Story Lost in Translation" Watch Video
February 18 Anja Bosy-Westphal, Ph.D., Professor of Applied Nutrition and Dietetics, University of Hohenheim, Stuttgart, Germany "Determinants of the partitioning of weight loss and weight gain during under- and overfeeding"  
* February 24 Scott Pletcher Ph.D., Associate Professor, Molecular & Integrative Physiology, University of Michigan "Hijacking the senses: Modulation of healthy aging in Drosophila through perceptual systems" Watch Video
February 25 Joseph A. Houmard, Ph.D., Director Human Performance Laboratory, Professor, Department of Kinesiology, East Carolina University, Greenville, SC "Severe Obesity: Is there a Metabolic Program?" Watch Video
* February 27 Rita R Colwell, Ph.D., Chair of Canon US Life Sciences, Inc. and Distinguished University Professor both at the University of Maryland at College Park and at Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health "Oceans, Climate, and Human Health: The Cholera Paradigm" Watch Video
March 4 Carol Boggs, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Biological Sciences as of 8/2013: Director, School of Earth, Ocean & Environment, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC "Life history & population responses to nutritional stress in insects" Watch Video
March 6 Fangjian Guo, Graduate Research Assistant, Department of Nutrition Sciences, UAB "The Healthy Obese are Alive and Well: Reduced Risk of Diabetes, CHD, and Mortality"  
March 11 Marise Parent, Ph.D., Professor, Neuroscience Institute, College of Arts and Sciences, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA "Remembering to eat: reciprocal interactions between energy intake and memory" Watch Video
March 25 Urszula T. Iwaniec, Ph.D., Associate Professor, College of Public Health and Human Sciences, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR "Obesity, Leptin and Bone"  
April 1 Rocio I. Pereira, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Endocrinology, Metabolism & Diabetes, University of Colorado School of Medicine, Aurora, CO "Diabetes Risk in Mexican Americans" Watch Video
April 8 Lotta Granholm-Bentley, D.D.S., Ph.D., Director, Center on Aging, professor, Department of Neurosciences, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC "Western diets and the brain: Food for thought" Watch Video
April 15 Arya M. Sharma, MD/Ph.D., DSc., FRCPC, Professor Medicine Chair for Obesity, Research & Management University of Alberta, Royal Alexandra Hospital, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada "5A’s of Obesity of Management" Watch Video
April 17 Sparkle Williams, Ph.D., Department of Biological Sciences, Tennessee State University, Nashville, TN "Induced Reactive Oxygen Species Alter Insulin Signaling in Hypertensive Vascular Smooth Muscle Cells"  
* April 21 Hyeyoung Nam, Ph.D., research fellow in the Endocrinology Department at the University of Utah "Chronic hypoxia with dietary iron deficiency triggers catabolic state in mice liver"  
April 22 Lee M. Kaplan, MD, Ph.D., Director, Obesity, Metabolism & Nutrition Institute, Massachusetts General Hospital and Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School. Boston, MA "Physiological Mechanisms of Bariatric Surgery" Watch Video
April 23 Jay Johnson, Ph.D., Intradepartmental Nutritional Sciences, Iowa State University, Ames, IA "In Utero Heat Stress Alters Metabolism During Postnatal Development"  
May 2 Hongzhe Li, Ph.D. Professor Biostatistics and Statistics, Perelman School of Medicine University of Pennsylvania Philadelphia, PA "Microbiome, Metagenomics and High Dimensional Compositional Data Analysis" Watch Video
May 21 Timothy Heden, Ph.D., Exercise Physiology University of Missouri, Columbia, MO "Resistance Exercise Timing and Metabolic Control in Individuals with Type 2 Diabetes"  
September 2 Jeff S. Volek, Ph.D., RD, Professor, Department of Kinesiology, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT "The Many Facets of Keto-Adaptation: Health, Performance, & Beyond" Watch Video
September 9 Katherine L. Milkman, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Operations and Information Management, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA "Motivating Virtuous Behavior"  
September 16 Marie-Pierre St. Onge, Ph.D., FAHA, New York Obesity Nutrition Research Center, Columbia University, New York, NY "The Role Of Sleep Restriction in Weight Management" Watch Video
September 23 Kim Gans, Ph.D., MPH, LDN, Professor, Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences, Director, Institute of Community Health Promotion, Brown University, School of Public Health, Providence, RI "Fresh to You: An Innovative Public-Private Partnership to Increase Access to Fresh Fruits and Vegetables: History, lessons learned and Next Steps" Watch Video
September 30 Vicente Gilsanz, MD, Ph.D., Director Children’s Hospital, Professor of Radiology and Pediatrics, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA "Expanding the role of imaging biomarkers to assess disease risk in children" Watch Video
October 7 Teri L. Hernandez, Ph.D., RN, Assistant Professor of Medicine and Nursing, University of Colorado, Aurora, CO "Sugar and Fat: New Insights from Maternal Diabetes on Offspring Health"  
October 14 Ioannis Pavlidis, Ph.D., Eckhard Professor, Computational Physiology, Lab, University of Houston, Houston, TX "Unobtrusive and continuous monitoring of physiological variables with applications" Watch Video
October 21 Jennifer Pollock, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Med-Nephrology, UAB "A mechanistic look at the effects of adversity early in life on cardiovascular disease risk during adulthood"  
October 28 John D. Fernstrom, Ph.D., Professor of Psychiatry & Pharmacology/Chemical Biology, University of Pittsburg, Pittsburgh, PA "Non-Nutritive Sweeteners and Obesity" Watch Video
* October 29 Gina M. Many, MA, Microbiology and Immunology, Research Center for Genetic Medicine, Children’s National Medical Center, Washington, DC "Osteopontin and the regulations of muscle and macrophages"  
November 11 Cathrine Hoyo, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Chief, Division of Clinical Epidemiology, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Duke University School of Medicine, Durham, NC "Testing the Developmental Origins of Adult Disease Hypothesis: The Durham Newborn Epigenetics Study" Watch Video
November 18 Angela Brooks-Wilson, Ph.D., Professor, Biomedical Physiology and Kinesiology, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada "Genetics of Healthy Aging" Watch Video
November 25 Michael Alderman, MD, Professor, Department of Epidemiology & Population Health, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York, NY "Dietary Sodium: Where Science and Policy Conflict" Watch Video
December 2 Steven Farber, Ph.D., Staff Member, Carnegie Institution for Science, Department of Embryology, Baltimore, MD "Live imaging of subcellular lipid transport and storage using larval zebrafish: A study with guts"  
* December 4 Arthur H Rubenstein MBBCH, Professor, Department of Medicine, Division of Endocrinology at the Raymond and Ruth Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania "The Evolution of Penn Medicine During The Decade 2001-2011" Watch Video
December 9 Y. Clair Wang, MD, ScD, Assistant Professor, Department of Health Policy & Management, Co-Director, Obesity Prevention Initiative, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, New York, NY "Palatable Food Policies: Case studies on the Rationale, Evidence, and Politics of the War on Sugary Beverages"  
December 16 Bradford Lowell, MD, Ph.D., Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA "The Wiring Diagram for Hunger: Using Neuron-Specific Tools to Discover its Basis"  

* Special NORC Seminar