NEWS: BNORC's Frank Hu succeeds Walter Willett as Chair of the Department of Nutrition, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

Opportunity: Funding to attend meeting at the National Academy of Sciences:

Congratulations to BNORC Postdoc Huicui Meng

BNORC 2016-2017 Travel Scholarship Awards Announced

BNORC Small Grants Program

Obesity Journal Club

The Obesity Journal Club will meet on Tuesday, March 28th from 12-1pm in M&V 240 at Tufts (Health Sciences Campus, 136 Harrison Ave).

Lindsay Tanskey, MS, M.Ed, Friedman School Bacow Scholar, Doctoral Candidate in the Food Policy & Applied Nutrition Program at Tufts, will present and facilitate a discussion of'What do Children Eat in the Summer? A Direct Observation of Summer Day Camps that Serve Meals', by Kenney et al., in J Acad Nutr Diet 2017, article in press.

Faculty and students in the greater Boston area are welcome to attend and present. Those interested in participating may come to Tufts or join the discussion in a webinar style format by dialing in via WebEx. If you would like to receive a PDF of the article that will be discussed and/or a WebEx invitation, please email

Longwood Nutrition Seminar 2016-2017 – Division of Nutrition at Harvard

Tuesday, April 4, 2017 from 12:00-1:00PM – Light lunch will be served at 11:30AM

“Nutritional Metabolomics”

Kris Mogensen, MS, RD, LDN, CNSC and Kenneth Christopher, MD, Brigham & Woman’s Hospital

Location: Cannon Room (Building C1), Medical Education Center, Harvard Medical School, 260 Longwood Avenue, Boston

For further information: contact Barbara Ainsley @ 617-667-2604

Monday Seminar Series

JM USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging, Tufts University

Monday, April 10, 2017 at 12:00 NOON

“Relationships Between Adipose Tissue Inflammation and Metabolic Diseases”

Caroline Apovian, M.D.
FACP, FACN, Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics, Boston University School of Medicine and Director, Nutrition and Weight Management Center at Boston Medical Center

Location: HNRCA Mezzanine Auditorium, 711 Washington Street

6th Annual Obesity Research Incubator Session

The Cardiovascular, Diabetes & Metabolic Disorders (CVDM) Research Center at Brigham and Women’s Hospital will be hosting its 6th Annual Obesity Research Incubator Session on Friday, April 28th from 1-4pm.

Participation is limited to BWH clinicians and researchers.

Abstract submission and cash prizes are open to junior investigators from all surrounding institutions.

Flyer and Call for Abstracts


Advances, Applications and Translations in Nutrition and Epidemiology

Date: May 30th, 2017, 9am-5pm

Location: Kresge G2, HSPH, 667 Huntington Ave, Boston

Event Flyer


Harvard Medical School Division of Nutrition, 18th Annual Postgraduate Nutrition Symposium

Surgical Treatment of Obesity: Physiological Mechanisms and Clinical Effects
at The Joseph B. Martin Conference Center at Harvard Medical School

Wednesday, July 12, 2017 at 8:00 AM - Thursday, July 13, 2017 at 12:15 PM (EDT)

Location: The Joseph B. Martin Center at Harvard Medical School
77 Avenue Louis Pasteur
Boston, MA 02115 USA

Event Details and Registration

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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 -- Boston University School of Medicine, Tufts University, the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging, the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

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 cross-cutting themes that represent 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 credit the Center by including the NIH Funding Acknowledgement and must comply with NIH Public Access Policy.

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January 2017

P&F Awards - Winter 2017

The current cycle and review process for competitive pilot and feasibility funding is complete. The Center is pleased to announce that the three projects listed below have been selected for funding. Thank you to all who applied for funding as well as those individuals who participated in the review process.

John N. Campbell, Ph.D., Research Fellow
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Novel arcuate neuron types that relay leptin signaling to the melanocortin satiety circuit

Sylvia Ley, PhD, RD, Instructor
Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Anti-inflammatory diet and gene expression on type 2 diabetes progression in overweight/obese adult

Xuehong Zhang, M.D, Sc.D, Assistant Professor in Medicine
The Brigham and Women's Hospital, Inc.

Characterizing the Role of Obesity in Bladder Cancer Progression in Two Large Prospective Cohorts

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.

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