Auburn University will host its fourth annual Boshell Diabetes Research Day on Friday, March 4, at The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center, featuring some of the nation's top diabetes and obesity researchers.
"Scientists will present some of the latest breakthroughs related to diabetes and the role of obesity in its development," said Robert Judd, the Boshell Chair in Diabetes and Metabolic Diseases in Auburn's College of Veterinary Medicine. "We will have presentations and scientific posters from a number of Auburn faculty and students as well as from other major institutions."
The keynote speaker will be Martin Myers, the Marilyn H. Vincent Professor of Diabetes Research at the University of Michigan, who will speak at 10:30 a.m. Owen McGuinness, professor of molecular physiology and biophysics at Vanderbilt University, will present the plenary lecture at 1:30 p.m. Cynthia Ogden, epidemiologist with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics, will speak at 6:30 p.m. at the banquet, which is open to the public. She will speak on the worldwide obesity epidemic, with particular focus on the problem of childhood obesity.
The conference registration fee is $50. Auburn University students and postdoctoral fellows may attend at no cost.
Thirty-two members of the Auburn faculty are part of the university's Boshell Diabetes and Metabolic Diseases Research Program that was established by the Diabetes Trust Fund in 2003 to honor the late Buris R. Boshell. He was a 1947 Auburn College of Agriculture graduate who attended the veterinary college for two years before transferring to Harvard Medical School. He served on the faculty of the University of Alabama at Birmingham Medical Center and was instrumental in establishing its Diabetes Research and Education Hospital. He also built the Boshell Diabetes and Endocrine Center in Birmingham.
At Auburn, funds generated by the Boshell endowment enhance the university's research efforts to improve the lives of people as well as pets, which are also susceptible to diabetes, through investigation into the causes and treatment of diabetes and other metabolic diseases.
Diabetes occurs when the body doesn't produce enough insulin or cannot properly utilize it. This makes it difficult for blood sugar to enter the body's cells, and if left untreated, can lead to blindness, kidney failure, stroke, amputations and increased risk of cardiovascular disease. Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States.