9th Annual Boshell Research Day Feb. 26 Showcases Diabetes Research

The 9th Annual Boshell Research Day, which showcases research in the fields of diabetes and metabolic disease research, will be held on Friday, Feb. 26, at The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center.

The conference brings together experts in the fields of diabetes and metabolic disease research to present current topics related to diabetes and the role of obesity in its development. It is an annual event of the Boshell Diabetes and Metabolic Disease Research Program at the College of Veterinary Medicine, and includes more than 40 researchers from across Auburn University.

Online registration is live. Registration is free for Boshell research members, and $100 for non-members. Students and postdoctoral fellows can attend at no cost.

Several speakers and presentations are planned, including:

    • Keynote speaker will be Dr. Christopher Newgard, director of the Sarah W. Stedman Nutrition and Metabolism Center at Duke University’s School of Medicine.
    • A plenary lecture will be presented by Dr. Jacqueline Stephens, the Claude B. Pennington, Jr. endowed chair in Biomedical Research at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center.
    • Distinguished banquet speaker will be Mick Cornett, mayor of Oklahoma City, Okla. Mayor Cornett’s efforts to address the culture of obesity in his city have resulted in a collective drop of 1 million pounds by Oklahoma City citizens. Banquet-only tickets can be purchased for $30 per person, or $200 for a table of eight. Tickets can be purchased online.

Other highlights of the conference include morning and afternoon oral and poster presentations by experts and researchers.

“Cases of diabetes and obesity have reached epidemic proportions in the United States, and this conference allows investigators from Auburn and other universities the opportunity to get together and discuss significant ongoing research,” said Dr. Robert L. Judd, chair of the Boshell program and an associate professor of pharmacology at the College of Veterinary Medicine.

About Boshell Diabetes and Metabolic Disease Research Program

The Boshell Diabetes and Metabolic Disease Research Program was established in 2001 through an endowment by the Birmingham-based Diabetes Trust Fund in honor of founder Dr. Buris R. Boshell. Dr. Boshell was a 1953 graduate of Harvard Medical School who joined the faculty at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Medical Center in 1959 and became the Chief of the Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism in 1963. During this time, he established the Diabetes Research and Education Hospital and the Boshell Diabetes and Endocrine Center in Birmingham.

Conference Details

To register for the conference, and to view a brochure and itinerary, click here. A limited number of rooms are available at The Hotel at Auburn University. Reservations can be made by calling 800/228-2876 or 334/821-8200. Ask for the Boshell Room Block. Transportation from the Atlanta Airport is available through Groome Transportation by calling 334/821-3399.

For questions about Research Day, email Dr. Judd at juddrob@auburn.edu.