BNORC Calendar

Boston Nutrition Obesity Research Center

Seminar Series/Study Group Listings

Obesity Working Group Meeting, Department of Nutrition, HSPH

Monday, September 22, 2014 from 3:30-5:00pm

“Fat Tails: Why the obesity epidemic is worse than we thought” by Zachary Ward MPH, Programmer/Analyst, Center for Health Decision Science, HSPH

“Uncharted Territory: Development and validation of the first bias-corrected state-specific childhood obesity prevalence estimates” by Michael Long, ScD, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, HSPH

“An Unwatched Epidemic: The inadequacy of State Childhood Obesity Surveillance” by Kelly Blondin. SM Research Assistant, Harvard Prevention Research Center, HSPH

Location: FXB G11 at the Harvard School of Public Health, 651 Huntington Avenue, Boston

September 22-23, 2014, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts

Symposium: Gut Microbiota, Probiotics and Their Impact Throughout the Lifespan

Symposium website for more info and registration:

Call for abstracts Deadline 7/15/2014

WEBINAR: Conducting Focus Groups with Children

Sponsored by the Clinical and Community Research Core of the Boston Nutrition Obesity Research Center

The vast majority of texts and literature on conducting focus groups are geared toward adults as participants. Yet, there is an imperative to conduct qualitative research with children to inform all phases of interventions and programs that include them. This webinar will cover the major issues to consider when conducting focus groups with children ages 6-12, including different strategies to use for different ages and unique challenges to consider. Whether you have experience in conducting groups with adults and would like to adapt your skills, or are completely new to conducting focus groups, you’ll come away with knowledge of the major considerations when working with children.

Date and time: Friday September 26th 2014, 12 noon

Workshop facilitator: Sara C. Folta, PhD

Registration Form

Systems Approach to Metabolic Diseases

October 1 – 3, 2014 — Chicago, IL, USA



ICFSR 2015

International Conference on Frailty & Sarcopenia Research

Thursday - Saturday, April 23-25, 2015 Boston, MA

Call for abstracts: Symposium, oral communication, poster submission deadline: November 18, 2014

More info and Registration at:

Ongoing Enrichment Activities

  • BNORC hosts an Annual Program or Retreat that provides an opportunity for Center members and other Boston area investigators and clinicians to participate in scientific exchange. This program includes participation of all currently-funded Pilot and Feasibility investigators and is attended by the Center’s Scientific Advisory Committee.
  • Obesity Medicine Interhospital Rounds is a conference series, which is a collaborative effort among the obesity treatment programs at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston Children’s Hospital, Boston Medical Center, Massachusetts General Hospital, Tufts Medical Center and the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. It will be held Wednesday evenings from 6:30-8:00 pm approximately 6 times per year, rotating to a different hospital for each session.
  • Annual symposium or workshop organized by one of the four core laboratories. These programs are intended to provide an educational forum for new and established investigators in the area(s) of expertise of the responsible core laboratory.
  • Participation in the ongoing Continuing Medical Education course co-sponsored by Harvard Medical School, Tufts University School of Medicine, and the NAASO: The Obesity Society to transfer the latest information on the causes, consequences and treatment of obesity to the practicing physician. Participation of Center members in the course provides expertise not readily available elsewhere. In addition, BNORC’s inclusion in the CME course helps to promote the identity of the Center and establishes the Center as a resource for expertise in obesity related activities.
  • BNORC Adipose and Metabolic Study Group Seminars (ABM Core): The Study Group meeting includes research seminars and presentations of research in progress and grant proposals for critical review. These bi-monthly meetings are held at BUSM.
  • Obesity Journal Club (Clinical and Community Research Core): The Obesity Journal Club meets semi-weekly at TUSM to review papers published in biomedical journal that relate to obesity in population settings. Occasionally, the hour is used for doctoral students to present and get feedback on work in progress.
  • Epidemiology Working Group Sponsored Seminars (Epidemiology and Genetics Core): This seminar series is held at Harvard School of Public Health and highlights a guest lecturer in a related field. Please click here for a link to upcoming seminars in the Department of Nutrition, HSPH.

Description of Educational Opportunities

Please note that the Center’s Administrative Core distributes a weekly list of local enrichment activities related to nutrition and obesity via email to BNORC members and others who have expressed an interest. This list includes seminars and programs that are sponsored and/or co-sponsored by the Center as well as other offerings that are not related to the Center. Please email the Center Administrator ( if you would like to be added to this list.

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