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Biomedical Cross-disciplinary Series

Join us for the GW Biomedical Cross-disciplinary Seminar Series: Connecting Academic Research & Inquiry Across Disciplines. This virtual lecture series explores a new cross-disciplinary topic each year. The goal is to promote networking and collaboration in translational health among researchers, health care providers, and policy makers from different disciplines to shift the paradigm—from seeking a cure to developing a strategy of prevention.

2021-22 — METABOLIC SYNDROME

Metabolic syndrome is a group of conditions that occur together and increase risk for diabetes and cardiovascular disease including hypertension, poor glucose regulation, central obesity, and dyslipidemia. Many contributing factors are linked to lifestyle, e.g. poor nutrition, insufficient physical activity, and smoking; however, metabolic syndrome is multifactorial and complex. As many as 1 in 3 American adults is affected by metabolic syndrome—a number that may continue to rise without changes to prevention and management of the syndrome and related conditions.1 The 2021-22 seminar series will address the biochemical, translational, clinical, and public health aspects of metabolic syndrome. Watch Videos of the 2020 seminar series on inflammation and chronic disease.

The series runs from September 2021 to May 2022. These virtual events are open to all and covers the following topics:

  • Aging, Insulin Resistance, & the Role of Physical Activity in Risk Mitigation
  • The Role of Diet Composition on Energy Balance
  • CNS Mechanisms of Metabolic Disorder Development
  • Fat Mass Regulation & Lipid Species
  • HDL Characteristics and Function in Metabolic Syndrome and Obesity
  • Attenuating Deleterious Inflammation During Metabolic Diseases
  • Clinically Relevant Subtypes of Obesity
  • Metabolic Syndrome, Genetics, & the Environment

Seminars

Aging, Insulin Resistance, & the Role of Physical Activity in Risk Mitigation
Thursday, September 30, 2021 (4 – 5 p.m. ET)

Speaker: Loretta DiPietro, PhD, MPH, professor, Department of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences, GW Milken Institute School of Public Health

Location: Zoom

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The Role of Diet Composition on Energy Balance
Thursday, October 28, 2021 (12 – 1 p.m. ET)

Speaker: Kevin D. Hall, PhD, section chief: Integrative Physiology Section, Laboratory of Biological Modeling, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases

Location: Zoom

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CNS Mechanisms of Metabolic Disorder Development
Thursday, November 4, 2021 (12 – 1 p.m. ET)

Speaker: Colin N. Young, PhD, associate professor of Pharmacology and Physiology, GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences

Location: Zoom

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Fat Mass Regulation & Lipid Species
Thursday, January 20, 2022 (12 – 1 p.m. ET)

Speaker: Matthew Rodeheffer, PhD, associate professor for the Section of Comparative Medicine and Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology at Yale University

Location: Zoom

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HDL Characteristics and Function in Metabolic Syndrome and Obesity
Thursday, February 24, 2022 (12 – 1 p.m. ET)

Speaker(s): Matthew Barberio, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences, GW Milken Institute School of Public Health, and a Special Volunteer in the Children’s Research Institute at Children’s National Medical Center

Location: Zoom

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Attenuating Deleterious Inflammation During Metabolic Diseases
Thursday, March 24, 2022 (12 – 1 p.m. ET)

Speaker(s): Lev Becker, PhD, associate professor of the Ben May Department of Cancer Research, Committee on Cancer Biology, and Committee on Molecular Metabolism and Nutrition at the Division of the Biological Sciences at the University of Chicago

Location: Zoom

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Can We Use How the Gut Talks to the Brain to Treat Metabolic Syndrome?
Thursday, April 7, 2022

Speaker(s): Lee Michael Kaplan, MD, PhD, associate professor, Department of Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital

Location: Zoom

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Metabolic Syndrome, Genetics, and the Environment
Thursday, May 12, 2022 (12 – 1 p.m. ET)

Speaker(s): Ike Okosun, PhD, MPH, FTOS, FACE, is an Associate Professor of epidemiology and biostatistics, Department of Population Health Sciences, Georgia State University

Location: Zoom

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The series was organized by the GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences’ (SMHS) Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine, Office of Integrative Medicine and Health, and Department of Clinical Research and Leadership. The seminar series is supported by departmental funding and the generosity of Ellen J. LaBelle, MD `74, RESD '78, associate clinical professor of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, and John Pan, MD '70, RESD '74, clinical professor, Department of Clinical Research and Leadership and founding medical director, Office of Integrative Medicine and Health.

For more information, contact co-organizer Leigh Frame, PhD, MHS, CERT ’20, assistant professor, Department of Clinical Research and Leadership, Director, Integrative Medicine Programs, and Executive Director, Office of Integrative Medicine and Health, at leighframe@gwu.edu or 202-994-0184 or co-organizer Brett Shook, PhD, Assistant Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine, Assistant Professor of Dermatology (Secondary) at brettshook@gwu.edu or 202-994-1285.

SOURCE

1Moore JX, Chaudhary N, Akinyemiju T. Metabolic Syndrome Prevalence by Race/Ethnicity and Sex in the United States, National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, 1988-2012. Prev Chronic Dis. 2017 Mar 16;14:E24. doi: 10.5888/pcd14.160287. PMID: 28301314; PMCID: PMC5364735.