On-line Registration: https://www.uab.edu/shp/home/energetics/courses/mathematical-sciences-shortcourse/fourth-registration
Held On: Mon 6/26/2017 - Fri 6/30/2017
Location: The University of Alabama at Birmingham
Executive Learning Center (ELC)
6th floor
1716 9th Avenue South, SPHB 640
Birmingham AL 35233
Lodging Options:
(within walking distance)
Residence Inn Birmingham
821 20th St S
Birmingham, AL 35205-2713
(205) 731-9595

Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Birmingham
808 South 20th Street
Birmingham, AL  35205
(205) 933-9000

Homewood Suites by Hilton Birmingham Downtown
1016 20th Street South
Birmingham, Alabama, 35205
(205) 703-9920; fax (205) 703-9921
Course Directors:
David Allison, PhD
University of Alabama at Birmingham
  THOMAS new
Diana Thomas, Ph.D.
Montclair State University

Overview & Agenda


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 6/26/2017
8:00 - 8:30 Diana Thomas, Montclair Registration  
8:30 - 9:30 David Allison & Andrew Brown, UAB Introductory remarks:  A Comedy of Errors  
9:30 – 10:30 Steven Heymsfield, PBRC Overview of state of the field of obesity and mathematical sciences  
10:30 - 11:30 David Allison, UAB Overview of funding approach at NIH and other federal granting agencies  
11:30 - 12:45 Lunch
Module 1: Outcomes in Obesity Randomized Controlled Trials (RCTs)
1:00 - 1:45 Inmaculada (ChiChi) Aban, UAB Introduction to RCTs and their quantitative analysis  
2:00 - 2:45 Peng Li, UAB Missing data in randomized clinical trials  
3:00 - 4:00 Michael Oakes, U of Minnesota Cluster Randomized Trials  
4:00 - 5:30 Moderated by Senior Researchers Roundtable Session††  
Day 2 - Tuesday 6/27/2017
Module 2: Modeling weight change using energy balance
9:00 - 9:45 Diana Thomas, Montclair Introduction to Energy Balance Models  
10:00 - 10:45 Corey Gerving PhD, USMA West Point Application of Energy Balance Models  
11:00 - 11:30 Corby Martin, PBRC Models delivered using smart phone technology  
11:30 - 12:45 Lunch
Module 3: Modeling Effects in Populations
1:00 - 1:45 Stephen Mennemeyer PhD, UAB Using Simulation to Estimate Economic Effects: Examples from Cost-Effectiveness of Obesity Programs  
2:00 - 2:45 Shawn Bauldry PhD, Purdue Instrumental Variable Approaches  
3:00 - 4:00 Bruce Lee MD, Johns Hopkins Population Level Effects of Energy Balance Manipulations  
4:00 - 5:30 Moderated by Senior Researchers Roundtable Session††  
Day 3 - Wednesday 6/28/2017
Module 4: Modeling Obesity Interventions Through Networks
9:00 - 9:45 Ryan Miller, USMA Introduction to Networks to Identify sub-Communities  
10:00 - 10:45 Kayla de la Haye, USC Informing obesity interventions using networks  
11:00 - 11:45 James Hill, UC Denver Open problems  
12:00 - 1:00 Lunch
Module 5: Modeling Behavioral Responses in Obesity
1:00 - 1:45 Graham Thomas, Brown University Application of models to monitor adherence  
2:00 - 2:45 Rodney Sturdivant PhD, Azusa Pacific University Structural Equation Modeling in Obesity  
2:45 - 3:45 Paula-Chandler Laney, UAB Open Problems  
4:00 - 5:30 Moderated by Senior Researchers Roundtable Session††  
Day 4 - Thursday 6/29/2017
Module 6: Sensor and Engineering Models in Obesity
9:00 - 9:30 Edward Sazonov, Alabama, Tuscaloosa Overview of the field  
9:30 - 10:30 Adam Hoover, Clemson University Bite measurement methods and models  
10:30 - 11:30 Ken McLeod, Binghamton Regulating RMR to maintain heat balance and body mass  
11:30 - 12:45 Lunch
Module 7: Scaling Laws and Obesity
1:00-1:45 Courtney Peterson, UAB Overview of the field  
2:00-2:45 Dave Nelson, Univ S Alabama Allometric Scaling & Whole-Animal Energy Balances  
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 6/30/2017
Module 8: Statistical Modeling in Genetics
9:00 - 9:40 David Meyre PhD, McMaster University Human evolution and obesity  
9:40 - 10:00 Michael Sandel PhD, Univ West Alabama: Q&A  
10:00 - 10:40 Yann Klimentidis PhD, Univ of Arizona Asking and answering evolutionary genetic questions about obesity  
10:40 - 11:00 Michael Sandel PhD, Univ West Alabama: Q&A  
11:00 - 11:40 Andrew Higginson PhD, Univ of Exeter Evaluating the logic of evolutionary explanations for obesity  
11:40 - 12 pm Michael Sandel PhD, Univ West Alabama: Q&A  
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 minutes.

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 roundtable 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
Program Manager II, Office of Energetics
School of Health Professions
Associate Dean for Research & Science
University of Alabama at Birmingham
1705 University Boulevard, SHPB 675
Birmingham AL 35233
205.975.9169; rsarver@uab.edu
Fax 205.934.2412

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.