BNORC Small Grants Program

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

Adipose and Metabolic Study Group Seminar:

Konstantin Kandror, Ph.D.
Professor of Biochemistry, Boston University School of Medicine

“Critical steps in Glut4 recycling”

Date: Tuesday, February 16th, 2016, 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.

2nd Biannual Conference Childhood Obesity in the Community: Turning Science Into Care

Sponsored by new balance FOUNDATION and Obesity Prevention Center, Boston Children’s Hospital

March 31-April 1, 2016

Location: The Charles Hotel, 1 Bennett Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

More Information: email, website

Dannon Institute Academic Mid-Career Nutrition Leadership Program

Intensive three-day training program designed to define and support the 21st century leadership needs within the academic discipline of nutrition for faculty who have completed their terminal degree training 10-20 years ago.

June 12-16, 2016

Applications due Feb 12, 2016

Eligibility criteria and more information

Symposium – co-sponsored by the Epidemiology & Genetics Core of BNORC

“Omics: Advances, Applications, and Translation in Nutrition”

Co-chaired by Frank Hu, MD, PhD, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health & Miguel A. Martínez-González, MD, PhD, MPH, Universidad de Navarra

Monday, May 9, 2016 from 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Location: Joseph B. Martin Conference Center, 2nd floor, The Pechet Room, 77 Avenue Louis Pasteur, Boston

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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 P30DK046200. 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.

BNORC Transgenic Core offers gene targeting with CRISPR

FVB/N or C57BL/6 CRISPR injections: Pronuclear stage zygotes are injected with CRISPR reagents for the purpose of creating knockouts or knockins.


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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