BNORC Calendar


Boston Nutrition Obesity Research Center


Seminar Series/Study Group Listings




HMS/BCH Neurobiology Seminar Series

Monday, February 23, 2015 at 12:15 PM
“Axonal Health: Metabolism Takes Center Stage”
Jeff Milbrant, Washington University, St. Louis

Location: Boston Children’s Hospital, Folkman Auditorium, Enders Building, 300 Longwood Avenue

For changes, updates, and cancellations, please refer to the Google seminar calendar


Monday Nutrition Seminars at the Harvard School of Public Health

Monday, February 23, 2015 at 12:30 pm in Kresge 502

Dr. Frank Sacks and Dr. Frank Hu discuss Glycemic index, quality of carbohydrates, and metabolic health: Controversies and consensus!

View event flyer


Adipose Seminar Series sponsored by the Adipose Tissue Biology and Nutrient Metabolism Core (ABM) of BNORC:


Tuesday, February 24, 2015 from 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

“Flavin Monooxygenase 3 as a Potential Mediator of Diabetes-Associated Cardiovascular Disease”
Sudha B. Biddinger, M.D., Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Children’s Hospital of Boston

Location: BUMC, EBRC Building, 650 Albany Street, 7th Floor, Room 714


Obesity Journal Club


(A program of the Clinical and Community Research Core, which is joint between Tufts and Harvard/MGH)

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015
12 Noon-1pm

Presenter: Jeanne Goldberg, PhD, RD, Professor of Nutrition and Director, Graduate Program in Nutrition Communication at the Friedman School at Tufts

Powell, Nguyen, & Dietz:"Energy and nutrient intake from pizza in the United States" which was recently published in Pediatrics (Pediatrics 2015; 135(2): 322-330).


Jaharis 272 Conference Room at Tufts (Health Sciences Campus, 150 Harrison Ave)

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 Sarah Phillips: sarah.phillips@tufts.edu.




Metabolomics Workshop

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 from 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM
“Practical Applications of Metabolomics”
Location: Marriott Cambridge, 2 Cambridge Center, 50 Broadway
Register and view list of speakers


IOM Workshop on the Interplay between Environmental Exposures and Obesity

March 2-3, 2015
NIEHS, Research Triangle Park, NC

The workshop will explore the role of chemical exposures in the development of obesity through sessions focused on a life span view, possible biologic pathways and environmental influences, and effects of food additives and antibiotics. Speakers will make links between exposure to environmental chemicals and increased incidence of weight gain, glucose tolerance and insulin sensitivity, inflammation, and aspects of metabolic syndrome in animal models and human studies. Two panels at the end of the workshop will provide a chance to discuss opportunities for new research and possible policy actions to address exposure to chemicals associated with the development of obesity.

The workshop will be held at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences in Research Triangle Park, NC, and will be webcast for those who are unable to attend in person. This event is free to attend and open to everyone. Please visit the workshop page to register and view the agenda and other workshop materials as they become available: www.iom.edu/chemicalsandobesity.



Obesity Working Group Meeting

co-sponsored by the Epidemiology and Genetics Core (E&G) of BNORC

Tuesday, March 3, 2015 2:30-5:00 PM

Relationship of Insulin Secretion to Body Composition and Energy Expenditure following Weight Loss
Bridget M. Hron, MD
Instructor in Pediatrics
Harvard Medical School
Effect of Low Fat vs. Other Diet Interventions on Weight Change in Adults: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis.
Deirdre Tobias, ScD.
Instructor of Medicine
Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women's Hospital Division of Preventive Medicine
Inadequate hydration among U.S. children: prevalence, disparities, and potential public health solutions
Erica Kenney, ScD
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Harvard School of Public Health


Location: Epidemiology Library, Kresge 907, Harvard School of Public Health, 677 Huntington Avenue, Boston


WORKSHOP: Qualitative Data Analysis

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


Software packages like NVivo are tremendously helpful in analyzing qualitative data, but they are only tools. What do you need to do before you sit down to code? What are the different philosophies and techniques around coding? Once you have the data that the programs spit out, what are you supposed to actually do with it? How do you best interpret the data? What “best practices” in qualitative data analysis do you need to consider? This workshop is designed to answer all of these questions. NOTE however that the purpose of the workshop is not to teach you to use the software – most come with excellent training and support. You will, however, learn everything else that you need to know to successfully analyze your qualitative data.

Limited to 10 participants

Monday, March 16, 2015 from 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM


Registration Form



9th annual "Future of Food and Nutrition" Graduate Student Research Conference


Saturday, April 11th, 2015

Friedman School of Nutrition Science & Policy at Tufts University, Boston, MA

Call for Abstracts: Deadline Feb 2, 2015

Website for more info


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: www.icfsr.com



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 (dgibson@bu.edu) if you would like to be added to this list.


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