Visiting Speakers

Location:  Pennington Biomedical Research Center, Kevin P. Reilly, Sr. (Admin.) Auditorium
Time:  11:00 a.m.
Refreshments:  Coffee and cookies will be served in the Auditorium foyer at 10:45 a.m.


  • February 8, 2018
    George A. Bray, MD
    Professor Emeritus Pennington Biomedical Research Center
  • February 7, 2019
    Mark Atkinson
    Lessons from the Pancreas - Re-Writing the Textbooks on How Type 1 Diabetes Develops in Humans
    Professor, Department of Pathology, Immunology & Laboratory Medicine
    University of Florida
  • February 21, 2019
    Erica Gunderson
    The Metabolic Counterbalance Between Pregnancy and Lactation: Influences on Future Diabetes in Women
    Senior Research Scientist, Epidemiologist, Cardiovascular & Metabolic Conditions Section
    Kaiser Permanente, Northern California
  • February 28, 2019
    Jason Block
    PCORnet: Research and Population Health Surveillance in a Large Clinical Data Network
    Assistant Professor, Department of Population Medicine
    Harvard Medical School
  • March 14, 2019
    Ling Qi
    Professor, Molecular & Integrative Physiology
    University of Michigan Medical School
  • March 21, 2019
    Alexxai Kravitz
    Obesity, Physical Activity, and Dopamine Receptors
    Investigator/Acting Section Chief,
    Eating & Addiction Section, Diabetes, Endocrinology, & Obesity Branch
    NIDDK, Bethesda, MD
  • March 27, 2019
    Elizabeth Parks
    Professor, Department of Nutrition & Exercise Physiology
    Associate Director, Clinical Research Center
    University of Missouri
  • April 4, 2019
    Sebastien Bouret
    Neurodevelopment of the circuits regulating food intake and body weight
    Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Developmental Neuroscience Program
    Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California
  • April 25, 2019
    Michael D. Jensen,
    Professor of Medicine
    Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN
  • May 2, 2019
    Stephen D. Hursting
    Obesity/energy balance and cancer
    Professor, Department of Nutrition and Nutrition Research Institute
    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • May 9, 2019
    Panteleimon Ekkekakis
    Pleasure-displeasure responses to exercise and their implications for exercise behavior
    Professor, Department of Kinesiology
    Iowa State University


  • February 8, 2018
    George A. Bray, MD
    Professor Emeritus Pennington Biomedical Research Center
  • March 8, 2018
    Bonnie Spring, PhD
    Director, IPHAM – Center for Behavior and Health
    Professor of Preventive Medicine
  • March 15, 2018
    Morris White, PhD
    Professor, Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School, Associate Scientific Staff, Endocrinology, Boston Children’s Hospital
  • April 5, 2018
    Julio Ayala, PhD
    Associate Professor
    Dept. of Molecular Physiology & Biophysics
    Vanderbilt University
  • April 12, 2018
    Joshua Thaler, MD, PhD
    Associate Professor
    Dept. of Medicine, Division of Metabolism, Endocrinology and Nutrition
    University of Washington
  • April 19, 2018
    John Jakcic, PhD
    Distinguished Professor & Chair
    Dept. of Healthy & Physical Activity
    University of Pittsburgh
  • May 10, 2018
    Aaron Cypess, MD, PhD, MMSc
    Acting Section Chief, Translational Physiology Section, Diabetes, Endocrinology, and Obesity Branch
  • September 13, 2018
    Rachel Perry, PhD
    Associate Research Scientist
    Internal Medicine(Endocrinology)
    Yale School of Medicine
  • November 1, 2018
    Zane Andrews, PhD
    Associate Professor, Physiology
    Monash University, Australia
    +61 3 99058165
  • November 29, 2018
    Peter Turnbaugh, PhD
    Assistant Professor
    Microbiology and Immunology
    UCSF School of Medicine
  • December 6, 2018
    Wendy Kohrt, PhD
    Division of Geriatrics
    University of Colorado, Denver 303-724-1913
  • December 13, 2018
    Nir Barzilai, MD
    Professor, Department of Medicine (Endocrinology) & Genetics; Director, Institute for Aging Research
    Albert Einstein College of Medicine


  • March 2, 2017
    Dr. Hollie Raynor
    Department of Nutrition
    University of Tennessee
    1215 Cumberland Ave. 229 JHB
    Knoxville, TN 37996
  • March 9, 2017
    Dr. Jeffrey M. Zigman
    Professor of Internal Medicine and Psychiatry
    Kent and Jodi Foster Distinguished Chair in Endocrinology, in Honor of Daniel Foster, M.D.
    Mr. and Mrs. Bruce G. Brookshire Professorship in Medicine
    The Diana and Richard C. Strauss Professorship in Biomedical Research
    UT Southwestern Medical Center
    Division of Hypothalamic Research
    5323 Harry Hines Blvd
    Dallas, TX  75390-9077 
  • March 16, 2017
    Dr. Paul Pilch
    Department of Biochemistry
    Boston University
    Research Professor
    Physiology and Biophysics
    Boston Univ School of Medicine
    72 E. Concord St.
    Boston, MA   02118
  • March 23, 2017
    Dr. Jacob M. Haus
    Kinesiology and Nutrition
    University of Illinois at Chicago
    1919 West Taylor St. (MC 517)
    Chicago, IL   60612
  • March 30, 2017

    Dr. Marc Hellerstein
    Assoc. Professor of Nutritional Sciences/Assoc. Nutritionist
    Univ. of California in Berkeley
    Assoc. Professor of Medicine
    Univ. of California in San Francisco
    1001 Potrero Ave.
    Bldg. 30, Rm. 3501k
    San Francisco, CA   94110

  • April 6, 2017
    Dr. Mark Heiman
    MicroBiome Therapeutics
    1100 Robert E. Lee Blvd.
    New Orleans, LA   70124
  • May 4, 2017
    Dr. Dana M Small
    Professor, Yale University
    Deputy Director for Research
    The John B Pierce Laboratory
    Visiting Professor, University of Cologne
    290 Congress Avenue
    New Haven, CT  06519
  • May 11, 2017
    Dr. Lauren Sparks
    Translational Research Institute for Metabolism and Diabetes
    301 E. Princeton St.
    Orlando, FL   32804
  • October 12, 2017
    Dr. David Levitsky
    Stephen H. Weiss Presidential Fellow
    Div. of Nutritional Sciences and Dept. of Psychology
    Cornell University
    Savage Hall, Room 112 206 Cornell St.
    Ithaca, NY 14853
  • October 19, 2017
    Center for Metabolic Disease Prevention
    David Geffen School of Medicine
    Dept. of Endocrinology
    Warren Hall
    900 Veteran Ave., Suite 24-130, Box 957073
    Los Angeles, CA 90095
  • October 26, 2017
    Dr. Susan Fried
    Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism Institute
    Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai
    New York, NY 10029
  • November 9, 2017
    Dr. Carey Lumeng
    University of Michigan Medical School
    Department of Pediatrics
    Molecular and Integrative Physiology
    2057 BSRB - 109 Zina Pitcher Place
    Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2200
  • December 14, 2017
    Dr. Stuart Phillips
    Tier 1 Canada Research Chair
    Department of Kinesiology
    Exercise Metabolism Research Group – Protein Metabolism Research Lab Director, Physical Activity Centre


  • January 21, 2016
    Dr. Dana M Small
    Integration of Sweet Taste and Metabolism
    Professor, Yale University
    Deputy Director for Research
    The John B Pierce Laboratory Visiting Professor, University of Cologne
    290 Congress Avenue
    New Haven, Connecticut 06519
  • February 4, 2016
    Jean-Francois Gautier
    Long Term Consequences of Fetal Exposure to Maternal Diabetes
    Professor of Medicine
    Head of the Department of Endocrinology and Diabetes
    Hospital Lariboisiere
    Paris, France
  • February 18, 2016
    Dr. Alice Lichtenstein
    The 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans Encourages Healthy Dietary Patterns: Challenge and Opportunities to Make it Happen
    Gershoff Professor of Nutrition Science and Policy
    Director and Senior Scientist, Cardiovascular Nutrition Laboratory
    Tufts University
    JM USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging
    711 Washington Street
    Boston, MA 02111
  • February 25, 2016
    Dr. Genevieve Fridlund Dunton
    Real-time Approaches to Understanding Energy- Balance Behaviors: Implications for Chronic Disease Prevention
    Associate Professor
    Director, USC Real-Time Eating Activity and Children's Health (REACH) Lab
    Departments of Preventive Medicine and Psychology
    University of Southern California
    2001 N. Soto Street, 3rd floor, Rm 302E, MC 9239
    Los Angeles, CA 90032
  • March 17, 2016
    Dr. Kevin Grove
    Key Insights into the Pathogens and Treatment of Obesity and Diabetes. Lessons Learned from the Obese Monkey Model
    Senior Scientist, Division of Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism,
    Division of Reproductive and Developmental Science
    Vice-President of Obesity Research
    Novo Nordisk
    530 Fairview Ave. N, Ste 5000
    Seattle, WA 98109
  • March 31, 2016
    Dr. Holly Ingraham
    Molecular Mechanisms of Sex-dependent Metabolic Circuits
    Professor and Vice Chair of Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology
    Herzstein Distinguished Investigator of Molecular Physiology
    University of California, San Francisco
    Rock Hall Room 284E, 1550 4th Street
    San Francisco, CA 94143-2611
  • April 28, 2016
    Marc-Andre Cornier, M.D.
    The Complex Effects of Exercise on Appetite Regulation
    Professor of Medicine Division of Endocrinology, Metabolism and Diabetes
    Anschutz Health and Wellness Center
    University of Colorado School of Medicine
    Anschutz Medical Campus 13001 E. 17th Place
    Aurora. CO 80045
  • May 5, 2016
    Dr. Janet King
    Zinc: An Essential but Elusive Nutrient
    Vice President for Research UCSF/Benioff Children's Hospital at Oakland
    Executive Director, Children's Hospital Oakland Research Institute
    5700 Martin Luther King, Jr. Way
    Oakland, CA 94609
  • May 12, 2016
    Dr. Penny Kris-Etherton
    Foods in a Healthy Dietary Pattern: Remarkable Effects on Established and Emerging CVD Risk Factors
    Distinguished Professor of Nutrition
    The Pennsylvania State University
    319 Chandlee Laboratory
    University Park, PA 16802
  • May 19, 2016
    Dr. Eve Van Cauter
    Sleep, Circadian Rhythms and Metabolism: The Inseparable Triad
    Frederick H. Rawson Professor Sleep, Metabolism and Health Center (SMAHC)
    The University of Chicago
    Department of Medicine MC 1027
    5841 S. Maryland Avenue
    Chicago, Illinois 60637

  • September 29, 2016
    Dr. Jennifer Schlezinger Environmental PPARγ
    Agonists: What are They Doing to Our Metabolic and Bone Health?
    Associate Professor of Environmental Health
    Boston University School of Public Health
    R408, 715 Albany St.
    Boston, MA 02118
  • October 6, 2016
    Dr. Lu Qi
    Weight Loss Intervention in the Era of Precision Medicine
    HCA Regents Distinguished Chair and Professor
    Director, Tulane University Obesity Research Center
    Department of Epidemiology
    Tulane University
    School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine
    1440 Canal Street, Suite 1724
    New Orleans, LA 70112
  • October 20, 2016
    Dr. Andrew Greenberg
    Role of Acyl CoA Synthetase 4 in Obesity-Associated Adipocyte Dysfunction
    Director, Obesity and Metabolism Laboratory
    JM-USDA Human Nutrition Research Center
    711 Washington Street
    Boston, MA 02111
  • October 27, 2016
    Dr. Cary Savage
    Cognitive Neuroscience of Obesity: Links to Intervention
    Senior Scientist/Director
    Imaging Research
    Banner Alzheimer’s Institute
    901 East Willetta St.
    Phoenix, AZ 85006
  • December 1, 2016
    Dr. Dana Small
    Integration of Sweet Taste and Metabolism
    Professor, Yale University
    Deputy Director for Research
    The John B Pierce Laboratory
    Visiting Professor, University of Cologne
    290 Congress Avenue
    New Haven, Connecticut 06519
  • December 8, 2016
    Dr. Scott Kanoski
    The Hippocampus and the Higher-order Regulation of Energy Balance
    Assistant Professor of Human and Evolutionary Biology & Neurobiology
    University of Southern California
    3616 Trousdale Pkwy, AHF-252
    Los Angeles, CA 90089-0372
  • December 15, 2016
    Dr. Ellen Demerath
    The Milk of Paradise? Maternal Obesity, Milk Composition, and Infant Growth
    Associate Professor
    Division of Epidemiology and Community Health
    University of Minnesota School of Public Health
    Minneapolis, MN 55454


  • February 5, 2015
    Dr. Ormond MacDougald
    Development, Endocrine Functions, and Metabolism of Marrow Adipose Tissue
    John A Faulkner Collegiate Professor of Physiology
    Department of Molecular & Integrative Physiology
    Integrative Physiology
    University of Michigan Medical School
    Brehm Center
    1000 Wall Street, Rm. 6313
    Ann Arbor, MI 48105
  • March 12, 2015
    Dr. Thomas Jansson
    The Role of Adiponectin in Linking Maternal Obesity to Altered Placental Function, Fetal Overgrowth and Offspring Outcome
    Florence Crozier Cobb Endowed Professor
    Chief Division of Basic Reproductive Services/ Vice Chair of Research
    Dept. of Obstetrics & Gynecology
    Univ. of Colorado Denver Anschutz Medical Campus
    Research Complex-2; Mail Stop 8613
    12700 East 19th Avenue, Room P15-3100C
    Aurora, Colorado 80045
  • March 19, 2015
    Dr. Jeffrey F. Horowitz
    Impact of Exercise and Diet on Insulin Resistance and Metabolic Health in Obesity
    University of Michigan
    School of Kinesiology
    4745C Central Campus Recreation Building
    401 Washtenaw Avenue
    Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2214
  • March 26, 2015
    Dr. Kevin Hall
    The Calculus of Calories: Quantitative Physiology of Human Metabolism and Body Composition Dynamics
    Senior Investigator, Laboratory of Biological Modeling
    National Institute of Diabetes & Digestive & Kidney Diseases
    National Institutes of Health
    12A South Drive, Room 4007
    Bethesda, MD 20892-5621
  • April 9, 2015
    Dr. Philipp Scherer
    Diabetes, Obesity and the Central Role of the Adipocyte in Maintaining Systemic Homeostasis
    Dept. of Internal Medicine
    Gifford 0. Touchstone Jr. and Randolph G. Touchstone
    Distinguished Chair in Diabetes Research
    Director, Touchstone Diabetes Center
    The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
    5323 Harry Hines Blvd.
    Dallas, TX 75390-8549
  • April 23, 2015
    Dr. Naji Abumrad
    Role of Bile Acids in the Metabolic Benefits of Bariatric Surgery
    John L. Sawyers Professor and Chairman
    Department of Surgery
    Vanderbilt Univ. School of Medicine
    Vanderbilt Medical Center
    1161 21st. Ave. South
    D-4313 Medical Center North
    Nashville , TN 37232-2730
  • May 7, 2015
    Dr. Anna Mae Diehl
    Fixing Fatty Livers
    Chief, Division of Gastroenterology
    Duke University Medical Center 3913
    Durham, NC 27710
  • May 15, 2015
    Dr. C. Ronald Kahn, M.D.
    Lessons about the Biology of Adipose Tissue and Insulin Resistance from Novel Models of Lipodystrophy
    Chair Mary K. Iacocca Professor, Harvard Medical School
    Chief Academic Officer, Joslin Diabetes Center
    One Joslin Place
    Boston, MA. 02215
  • September 17, 2015
    Dr. Steven Kliewer
    Regulation of Metabolism by FGF21: From Physiology to Pharmacology
    Nancy B. and Jake L. Hamon Distinguished Chair in Basic Cancer Research
    Professor, Departments of Molecular Biology and Pharmacology
    University of Texas Southwestern
    Medical Center
    Dallas, TX 75390-9041
  • September 24, 2015
    Dr. Catherine L. Davis
    Exercise Effects on Overweight Children's Cardiometabolic Health, Cognition, and Brain Development
    Professor of Pediatrics, Physiology, & Graduate Studies
    Georgia Prevention Institute
    HS 1640, Medical College of Georgia
    Div. of Clinical & Translational Science
    Georgia Regents University
    Augusta, GA 30912
  • October 1, 2015
    Dr. Suzanne de la Monte
    Type 2 vs. Type 3 Diabetes: Insulin Resistance and the Metabolic Basis of Alzheimer's Disease
    Associate Professor of Pathology and Medicine
    Pierre Galletti Laboratories
    55 Claverick Street, 4th Floor
    Providence, RI 02903
  • October 8, 2015
    Dr. Kathryn E. Wellen
    Acetyl-CoA at the Intersection of Metabolism, Signaling, and Epigenetics
    Assistant Professor, Department of Cancer Biology Assistant Investigator
    Abramson Family Cancer Research Institute
    University of Pennsylvania
    BRB Room 653, 421 Curie Blvd
    Philadelphia, PA 19104
  • October 22, 2015
    Dr. Shingo Kajimura
    Assistant Professor Engineering
    Fat Cell Fate to Fight Obesity and Metabolic Diseases
    Univ. of California, San Francisco UCSF Diabetes Center
    Dept. of Cell and Tissue Biology
    Eli and Edythe Broad Center of Regeneration Medicine and Stem Cell Research
    35 Medical Center Way, Regeneration Medicine Building 1023, Box #0669
    San Francisco, CA 94143-0669
  • October 29, 2015
    Dr. Holly Ingraham
    Molecular Mechanisms of Sex-dependent Metabolic Circuits
    Professor and Vice Chair of Cellular and Molecular Pharmacology
    Herzstein Distinguished Investigator of Molecular Physiology
    University of California, San Francisco
    Rock Hall Room 284E, 1550 4th Street
    San Francisco, CA 94143-2611
  • November 12, 2015
    Dr. Samuel Klein
    Metabolically Normal and Abnormal Obesity
    Director, Center for Human Nutrition
    Chief, Div. of Geriatrics and Nutritional Science
    Washington University School of Medicine
    660 S. Euclid Ave., Campus Box 8031
    St. Louis, MO 63110-1093
  • December 3, 2015
    Dr. Wendy Demark-Wahnefried
    Diet and Exercise Interventions for Cancer Survivors
    Professor and Webb Endowed Chair of Nutrition Sciences
    Associate Director, UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center
    American Cancer Society Clinical Research Professor
    1824 61h Avenue, Wallace Tumor Inst., Room 310-D
    Birmingham, AL 35294
  • December 10, 2015
    Dr. Jeffrey Pessin
    Regulation of Liver De Novo Lipogenesis: Undiscovered Territory
    Judy R. & Alfred A. Rosenberg Professorial
    Chair in Diabetes Research
    Director, Diabetes Research Center Departments of Medicine and Molecular Pharmacology
    Albert Einstein College of Medicine
    375 Price Center, 1301 Morris Park Avenue
    Bronx, NY 10461