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Save the Date: April 13-17, 2016 Institute of Human Nutrition Obesity Course

 Institute of Human Nutrition Obesity Course  4/13/2016 - 04/17/2016  The Institute of Human Nutrition Obesity Course will be held on Wednesday, April 13 - Sunday, April 17, 2016.  For more information, contact Sharon Akabas, PhD at or call 212-305-4808.


This course is an excellent overview for all health professionals and has received outstanding reviews by past participants from the full range of health professions, including dietitians, nutritionists, dentists, nurses, physicians and physician assistants. Click here to view the brochure and schedule.

For physicians interested in obtaining obesity medicine certification through the American Board of Obesity Medicine (ABOM), this course will satisfy the ABOM requirement of at least 30 hours of live CME credit on the topic of obesity. 





Day one highlights include:

"History of Obesity Research and Management"
Wednesday, April 13, 9:00am
Xavier Pi-Sunyer, MD, MPH.  Dr. Xavier Pi-Sunyer is a Professor of Medicine at Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons and Co-Director of the NIH-sponsored New York Obesity Nutrition Research Center. He is also a Senior Attending Physician at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital.  His research focus is on carbohydrate and lipid metabolism, obesity and diabetes, and he has over 480 peer-reviewed publications in these areas. Dr. Pi-Sunyer is on the Steering Committees of the NIH-sponsored Diabetes Prevention Program, the Look AHEAD Trial, the Life-Moms Trial, and the Grade Trial.


"The Epidemiology and Health Risks of Obesity"
Wednesday, April 13, 9:30am
Louis J. Aronne, MD.
Dr. Louis J. Aronne is the Sanford I. Weill Professor of Metabolic Research at Weill-Cornell Medical College where he directs the Comprehensive Weight Control Center and Chairman of the American Board of Obesity Medicine. Dr. Aronne is Founder and CEO of BMIQ, a cloud-based weight management system that can be delivered by health care providers to their patients during office visits. He is also author of the best-seller, The Change Your Biology Diet: The Proven Program for Lifelong Weight Loss. Dr. Aronne has won several awards including the 2015 Atkinson-Stern Award for Distinguished Public Service from The Obesity Society. He has been ranked among New York’s best doctors as a specialist in obesity and internal medicine.



"Genetics of Obesity: Nature Meets Nurture"
Wednesday, April 13, 11:15am
Rudolph Leibel, MD.  Dr. Rudolph Leibel is the Christopher J. Murphy Memorial Professor of Diabetes Research, Director of the Division of Molecular Genetics, Co-Director of the Naomi Berrie Diabetes Center, Co-Director of the New York Obesity Nutrition Research Center, and Co-Director of the Columbia University Diabetes and Endocrinology Research Center.  He is well-known for his co-discovery of the leptin and leptin receptor genes, which have played a critical role in our understanding of human obesity. Dr. Leibel’s research focuses on the genetics of obesity and non-insulin dependent diabetes.



Day Two highlights: 

"Inflammation and Energy Balance"
Thursday, April 14, 10:00am
Dr. Naima Moustaid-Moussa. Dr. Moustaid-Moussa is professor in the nutritional sciences department at Texas Tech University (TTU). She is also founding director of the Obesity Research Cluster, an interdisciplinary initiative emphasizing translational basic, clinical and community research collaborations. She holds MS and PhD degrees in Endocrinology from the University of Paris-P&M Curie, France and completed a postdoctoral training in molecular nutrition at Harvard School of Public Health in Boston. Prior to joining TTU, she was professor and co-director of the Obesity Research Center at the University of Tennessee Institute (UT) of Agriculture. She has been leading a funded basic and integrated nutrition and obesity research, with emphasis on nutrient-gene interactions, bioactive food compounds and the endocrine function of adipose tissue in obesity-associated inflammation and metabolic disorders using cell and animal models. Her secondary areas of research include beta cell function in diabetes and childhood obesity. Dr. Moustaid-Moussa’s scholarship has been recognized by several awards, including the 2015 Pfizer Consumer Healthcare Nutritional Sciences award, sponsored by the American Society for Nutrition (ASN), 2012 Outstanding Investigator Award from the ASN’s Nutrient-Gene Interactions RIS, and a Fulbright Scholarship to the University of Bordeaux (2004-2005). She is an active member and fellow of the American Heart Association (AHA) and The Obesity Society (TOS). 


"Sleep and Energy Balance"
Thursday, April 14, 12:00pm
Marie-Pierre St-Onge, PhD.  Dr. Marie-Pierre St-Onge is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine at Columbia University Medical Center and an expert in the fields of weight control and cardiovascular disease management. She is a Fellow of the American Heart Association, serves on the association's Nutrition Committee, and is also the Chair of the Communications and Membership Committee. Dr. St-Onge’s research focuses on studying the effect of sleep duration on energy balance, as well as the impact of functional foods and ingredients on energy balance. She has won numerous awards for her insightful research and publications including the Mark Bieber Award of the Industry Nutrition Advisory Panel (American Heart Association, Council on Nutrition, Physical Activity and Metabolism) in 2008 and Science Unbound Foundation’s Best Paper awards in 2004 and 2013.


Is Food Addiction a Contributor to Obesity?
Thursday, April 14, 1:45pm
Paul Kenny, PhD.  Dr. Paul Kenny is a Professor and Chair of the Dorothy H. and Lewis Rosenstiel Department of Pharmacology and Systems Therapeutics, and Director of the Experimental Therapeutics Institute at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital. His multidisciplinary research involves the study of behavior, physiology, the molecular basis of neurobehavioral disorders, and focuses on understanding the neurobiological mechanisms of obesity, with an emphasis on the role of acetylcholine receptors. In 2010, Dr. Kenny received the Jacob P. Waletzky Award for his excellence in research. 


Day Three highlights:

"The Challenges of Childhood Obesity Treatment"
Friday, April 15, 8:00am
Sarah Barlow, MD, MPH.  Dr. Barlow is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics-Gastroenterology at Baylor College of Medicine.  She is also a Pediatric Gastroenterologist at Texas Children’s Hospital where she oversees the Center for Childhood Obesity. Her research interests are in childhood obesity and non-alcohol fatty liver disease. She is especially interested in ways that healthcare and community programs can collaborate and support children and families in adopting healthy behaviors.



"Assessment, Evaluation and Treatment of Adult Obesity"
Friday, April 15, 11:00am
Rekha B. Kumar, MD, MS. 
Dr. Kumar is an Assistant Professor of Medicine and Attending Endocrinologist at the Weill Cornell Medical College and specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of vairous Endocrinology disorders including obesity/weight management, polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), thyroid disorders (hypo- and hyperthyroidism, thyroid disease in pregnancy), as well as metabolic bone disease (osteoporosis and osteopenia).





Day Four highlights:

"Dietary Approaches to Obesity Treatment: Impact on Weight Loss and Co-Morbidities"
Saturday, April 16, 9:00am
Alice Lichtenstein, DSc.  Dr. Alice H. Lichtenstein is the Stanley N. Gershoff Professor of Nutrition Science and Policy at the Friedman School at Tufts University. She is also a Senior Scientist and Director of the Cardiovascular Nutrition Laboratory at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging and a Professor of Medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine. Her research focuses on the interplay between diet and heart disease risk factors. In 2006, she was named one of ten “Women Who Shaped the World” by Shape Magazine. Dr. Lichtenstein served as vice-chair of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) that develops a scientific report that informs the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, and is also the primary author of the American Heart Association’s Diet and Lifestyle Recommendations.


Day Five highlights:

"Use of Technology in Prevention and Treatment of Obesity"
Sunday, April 17, 11:15am
Bonnie J. Spring, PhD. Dr. Spring is a Professor of Preventive Medicine-Behavioral Medicine, Psychiatry, Psychology, and Public Health at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. She is also Director of the University’s Center for Behavior and Health in the Institute for Public Health and Medicine. Her research focuses on behavioral risk factors including obesity, poor quality diet, physical inactivity, and tobacco use, and she develops cutting-edge technologies that support self-regulation and healthy behavior change. Specifically, she creates online learning tools to support skill mastery in evidence-based practice and team science. In 2013, Dr. Spring received the Obesity e-Health Pioneer Award from The Obesity Society for her excellence in the field.  


"Putting Together the Puzzle of Energy Expenditure"
Sunday, April 17, 3:15pm
Eric Ravussin, PhD. Dr. Eric Ravussin is a Boyd Professor at Louisiana State University. He is an internationally recognized translational investigator in obesity and diabetes research. His research now focuses on the molecular basis of obesity and its co-morbidities and his studies are aimed at understanding the molecular mechanisms that determine the inter-individual variability in energy expenditure, fat oxidation and energy balance in response to caloric restriction, increased or decreased physical activity, overfeeding or physiological conditions such as puberty, pregnancy or menopause. His latest research is in the field of aging with an emphasis on the impact of caloric restriction on human biomarkers of aging and longevity. Dr. Ravussin has received multiple awards including the International Association for the Study of Obesity 2010 Willendorf Award for outstanding contributions to clinical research in obesity and The Obesity Society's 2011 George Bray Founders Award recognizing significant contributions that advance the scientific or clinical basis for understanding or treating obesity. He has been an active member of The Obesity Society, serving on the Council, the program committee, and as a former President of the Society from 2006-2008. Dr. Ravussin was named Editor in Chief of Obesity in 2012.

All lectures will be held in:

Alumni Auditorium
William Black Medical Research Building
650 West 168th Street - 1st floor
New York, NY 10032

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630 West 168th Street, PH1512
Columbia University Medical Center
New York, NY 10032
(212) 305-4808