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Auburn University Holds 5th Annual Boshell Diabetes Research Day

Date: 2/16/2012 12:47 pm

Auburn University will hold the fifth annual Boshell Diabetes Research Day on Friday, March 2, at The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center, bringing together experts from around the U.S. to present current topics related to diabetes and the role of obesity in its development.

The meeting will feature research presentations throughout the day and evening. Highlights include:

  • American science writer Gary Taubes, bestselling author of Why We Get Fat and Good Calories, Bad Calories, will discuss his theory that certain kinds of carbohydrates – not fats and not simply excess calories – have led to our current obesity epidemic.
  • Randy Seeley, director of the Cincinnati Diabetes and Obesity Center, will speak on novel insights into the brain regulation of energy balance.
  • Wendy Demark-Wahnefried, Webb Endowed Chair of Nutrition Sciences at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, will talk about the role of obesity in the development of various cancers and on the role of nutrition in cancer survival.

Registration for Research Day is $50 for Boshell program members and $100 for nonmembers.    Students and postdoctoral fellows may attend at no cost.  

The evening banquet with author Gary Taubes is open to the public, but seating is limited.  Tickets are $25 per person and include dinner, music and dancing, and a book signing with Taubes.   For more information, a meeting schedule, and to purchase tickets online, visit auburndiabetes.com.

The Boshell Diabetes and Metabolic Diseases Research Program at Auburn University is dedicated to improving the lives of all people with diabetes through world-class basic science investigation into the etiology and treatment of diabetes and other metabolic diseases. Robert L. Judd, associate professor of pharmacology at the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine, serves as program chair.

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.

Contact: Tara Lanier, 334-844-3698, tara.lanier@auburn.edu

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