GW Biomedical Cross-disciplinary Seminar Series looks at metabolic syndrome

2021-22 virtual lecture series on the current state of metabolic syndrome research
2021-22 Biomedical Cross-disciplinary Seminar Series

Join us for the GW Biomedical Cross-disciplinary Seminar Series: Connecting Academic Research & Inquiry Across Disciplines.  The 2021-22 virtual seminar series will address the biochemical, translational, clinical, and public health aspects of metabolic syndrome.  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.

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. 

The series runs from September 2021 to May 2022.  The first talk is on Aging, Insulin Resistance, & the Role of Physical Activity in Risk Mitigation with Loretta DiPietro, PhD, MPH, Professor, Department of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences, GW Milken Institute School of Public Health. 

These virtual events are open to all and covers the following topics. Click on the links below to register:

■ Aging, Insulin Resistance, & the Role of Physical Activity in Risk Mitigation (September 30, 2021)
The Role of Diet Composition on Energy Balance (October 28, 2021)
CNS Mechanisms of Metabolic Disorder Development (November 4, 2021)
Fat Mass Regulation & Lipid Species (January 20, 2022)
HDL Characteristics and Function in Metabolic Syndrome and Obesity (February 24, 2022)
Deleterious Inflammation During Metabolic Diseases (March 24, 2022)
Can We Use How the Gut Talks to the Brain to Treat Metabolic Syndrome? (April 7, 2022)
Metabolic Syndrome, Genetics, & the Environment (May 12, 2022)

The seminar 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. 

Videos of the 2020 seminar series on inflammation and chronic disease can be found here.  

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 or 202-994-0184 or co-organizer Brett Shook, PhD, Assistant Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine, Assistant Professor of Dermatology (Secondary) at or 202-994-1285.

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