BNORC Annual Symposium and Poster Session - July 24th, 2015

Postdoctoral Fellowships in Metabolism, Endocrinology and Obesity at the Boston University School of Medicine

Obesity Journal Club

(Sponsored by the Clinical and Community Research Core)

Tuesday,May 26th, 2015
12 Noon-1pm

Christina Economos, PhD, Director, Childhood Obesity 180 & Associate Professor, New Balance Chair in Childhood Nutrition, Friedman School at Tufts, will present and facilitate a discussion of 'Association between competitive food and beverage policies in elementary schools and childhood overweight/obesity trends: differences by neighborhood socioeconomic resources ', by Sanchez-Vaznaugh et al., recently published in JAMA Pediatr 2015, 169(5):e150781.

Jaharis 272 Conference Room at Tufts (Health Sciences Campus, 150 Harrison Ave)

Faculty and students in the greater Boston area are welcome to attend and present. Those interested in participating may come to Tufts or join the discussion in a webinar style format by dialing in via WebEx. If you would like to receive a PDF of the article that will be discussed and/or a WebEx invitation, please email The Journal Club is open to faculty, staff and trainees from all institutions including Tufts, BU and Harvard.

Adipose and Metabolic Study Group Seminar:

Jennifer Schlezinger, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Environmental Health, Boston University School of Public Health

“Environmental PPARg Ligands: What are they doing to our metabolic and bone health?”

Date: Tuesday, June 2, 2015, 10am
Location: BUMC, EBRC Building, 650 Albany Street, 7th Floor, Room 714

Coffee and light refreshments will be served.
Parking is available in the garage located at 710 Albany Street.
Please contact Donna Gibson at for additional information.

Whitaker Cardiovascular Institute Seminars, BUSM

Tuesday, June 2, 2015 from 12:00 Noon – 1:00 PM

“Insulin Resistance in Control of Metabolic Syndrome and Heart Failure”

Shaodong Guo, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Division of Molecular Cardiology, Department of Medicine, Cardiovascular Research Institute, Texas A&M University Health Science Center
Location: BUMC, 650 Albany Street, Room W715

Special Seminar

Sponsored by Evans Center for Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research (ECIBR) Affinity Research Collaborative (ARC)

Friday, June 5, 2015, 10:00 - 11:00 AM

David Wright, Ph.D.Associate Professor and Tier II Canada Research Chair Department of Human Health and Nutritional Sciences, University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario, Canada

“More than just muscle: Beneficial effects of exercise on adipose tissue”

650 Albany Street, 7th Floor, Room 715 Boston University Medical Campus

Coffee and light refreshments will be served. Parking is available in the garage located at 710 Albany Street. Please contact Donna Gibson at for additional information.

Harvard Medical School Division of Nutrition, The 16th Annual Postgraduate Nutrition Symposium

Diet and Microbiota in Health and Disease

July 8-9, 2015

Location: Daniel Tosteson Medical Education Center, Carl Walter Amphitheater (2nd Floor), Harvard Medical School, 260 Longwood Avenue, Boston, MA


July 24, 2015 from 9:00 AM-1:30 PM

BNORC Annual Symposium and Poster Session

Chronobiology and Obesity

Preliminary Agenda

Location: BUSM, 72 East Concord Street, Instructional Bldg., Hiebert Lounge, 14th Floor, Boston, MA

Link to RSVP

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Boston Nutrition Obesity Research Center

The Boston Nutrition Obesity Research Center (BNORC), funded by the National Institutes of Health, NIDDK, is a consortium of institutions -- BMC, Tufts Medical Center and the USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging, the Harvard School of Public Health, and three Harvard Hospitals, the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

Our Cores, Pilot and Feasibility Program and annual programs, retreat, seminars and workshops promote inter- and multi-disciplinary research in nutrition and obesity.

Our Center is organized to address four cross-cutting themes that respresent key gaps in understanding the relationship between nutrition and health, and the pathogenesis of obesity and its associated metabolic diseases.

Key areas of nutrition and obesity research across these themes are facilitated and fostered by BNORC Cores:

The Boston Nutrition Obesity Research Center is administratively based at Boston Medical Center and is funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH/NIDDK) grant 2P30DK046200. All publications resulting from the utilization of BNORC resources are required to cite this grant in their NIH Funding Acknowledgement and must comply with NIH Public Access Policy.


4/27/2015: As reported on the NIH-NIDDK site:

"Appetite-regulating neural pathway identified"

A team including NIDDK (and BNORC) researchers discovered a neural circuit that controls appetite in the brains of mice. Using a wide array of multidisciplinary techniques, the team found that neurons interacting with a specific receptor in a part of the brain called the hypothalamic paraventricular nucleus and the signals of those neurons to another part of the brain – the lateral parabrachial nucleus – regulate food consumption. Temporarily switching off these neurons in mice that are full makes the mice eat as though they were hungry, while turning them on reduces food consumption in hungry mice as though they were full. Activation of this same satiety-promoting circuit in the absence of food alleviates the unpleasant physical sensations associated with hunger. The findings suggest a potential research approach to treat people with obesity, and could set the foundation for development of a drug to reduce both food consumption and the disagreeable sensation of hunger.

Garfield AS, Li C, Madara JC, Shah BP, Webber E, Steger JS, Campbell JN, Gavrilova O, Lee CE, Olson DP, Elmquist JK, Tannous BA, Krashes MJ, Lowell BB. A neural basis for melanocortin-4 receptor regulated appetite. Nature Neuroscience 2015 April; 10.

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