MNORC Symposium

Annual Symposium
Tuesday, March 12, 2019
Palmer Commons, 4th floor, Forum Hall

Guest Speakers

Herman Pontzer, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, Duke University 

Jonathan Krakoff, M.D.
Section Chief, Obesity and Diabetes Clinical Research Section, Phoenix Epidemiology and Clinical Research Branch, NIH

Claude Bouchard, Ph.D.
John W. Barton, Sr. Endowed Chair in Genetics and Nutrition
Professor, Pennington Biomedical Research Center

Ruth Harris, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Physiology and College of Graduate Studies, Augusta University

UM Internal Speakers

Edward Ruiz-Narvaez, Sc.D.
Associate Professor, Nutritional Sciences

Maureen Devlin, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Anthropology

MNORC Symposium

The MNORC symposium provides a forum for intellectual exchange on topics related to obesity, nutrition and metabolomics among established investigators, junior faculty, students and other researchers at the University and surrounding area. The MNORC Symposium features a full day of invited speakers with a lively poster session during a healthy lunch providing time for discussion and exploration of new collaborations. Speakers include a combination of researchers of international stature from outside of the University of Michigan and junior faculty or senior faculty new to the University.

This event is supported by the Michigan Nutrition Obesity Research Center (MNORC) at UM, the UM A. Alfred Taubman Medical Research Institute, Michigan Medicine, and M-Diabetes.

Symposium Objectives

Symposium participants will enhance their performance, understand and be able to implement in their practice:

  • The latest basic and clinical supported sciences in treating obesity and metabolic diseases
  • The role of metabolomics in the pathophysiology of disease
  • Analyze practice experience and improve practice
  • Technology in the preclinical assessment of obesity and nutrition-related diseases

Event Audience

  • Clinicians and allied health professionals with an interest in nutrition, obesity, and metabolism
  • Researchers interested in basic and translational research in nutrition, obesity, and metabolic diseases
  • Students in health related fields of study

Continuing Medical Education (CME) Credits

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the University of Michigan Medical School and the School of Public Health. The University of Michigan Medical School is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The University of Michigan Medical School designates this live activity for a maximum of 6.25 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

MNORC Poster Session Winners

  • 1st place:
    Steven Romanelli (PhD Student #28) "Lipid nanoparticles demonstrate adipose tissue tropism for genome engineering applications to target obesity"
  • Tie for 2nd place:
    Callie Corsa (Research Fellow #6) "Adipose-specific deletion of lamin A/C causes lipodystrophy in mice"
    Jessica Cote (PhD Student #7) "Deletion of the brain-specific a and d isoforms of adaptor protein SH2B1 protects against diet-induced obesity in a leptin-independent manner"

Contact Us

Sandra Wankel, MSA

Program Manager, MNORC