Auburn University holding 12th annual Boshell Diabetes and Metabolic Diseases Research Day Feb. 15

Auburn University’s 12th annual Boshell Diabetes and Metabolic Diseases Research Day is set for Friday, Feb. 15, at The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center.

The event brings together experts from around the United States to present current topics related to diabetes and the role of obesity in its development. The meeting is highlighted by research presentations throughout the day and evening.

This year’s slate of guest speakers includes:

  • Keynote Address – Mitchell Lazar, director of the Institute for Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism and chief of the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Lazar is an endocrinologist and physician-scientist known for his discovery of the novel hormone resistin and his contributions to the transcriptional regulation of metabolism.
  • Plenary Lecture – Doug Mashek, associate professor, Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Biophysics, University of Minnesota. He is a leader in the study of lipid droplets, which are hallmark features of numerous diseases including Type 2 diabetes, nonalcoholic fatty liver disease and many cancers.
  • Banquet Speaker – Steven Gundry, best-selling author, The Plant Paradox. Gundry is a renowned cardiologist and New York Times best-selling author whose mission is to improve health and longevity through a unique vision of human nutrition.

The Boshell Diabetes and Metabolic Diseases Research Program at Auburn University is dedicated to improving the lives of all people with diabetes through its research and associated interdisciplinary programs, says Robert Judd, a professor of pharmacology in the Department of Anatomy, Physiology and Pharmacology and director of the Boshell program at the College of Veterinary Medicine.

“Here at Auburn, we are attacking this disease from all sides, from the laboratory through a variety of clinical studies,” Judd said. “Research Day is an exciting opportunity for us to bring researchers and medical professionals together to share and discuss information about diabetes, obesity and their treatments.”

Registration for the event is open. It is free for Boshell program members, and $125 for nonmembers. Students and postdoctoral fellows can attend at no cost. A program agenda and registration information is contained on the Boshell web site.


(Written by Mitch Emmons,