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Obesity – New insights on epidemiology, investigational models, and therapeutic targets

Thursday, October 11, 2012 — Concurrent Symposia Session IV

Noon – 2:00 p.m.

Kirschstein Auditorium


  • Joan Han, NICHD


Obesity has become one of the greatest public health problems worldwide. This symposium highlights current research examining the dynamics of human body weight change, approaches to studying metabolic pathophysiology through rare human disease models, and novel therapeutic targets for the treatment of obesity and obesity-related complications.

The calculus of calories: Quantitative physiology of body weight change
Kevin D. Hall, NIDDK

Lipodystrophy as a model for the pathophysiology of the metabolic syndrome
Rebecca J. Brown, NIDDK

Brain-derived neurotrophic factor in obesity: From rare disease models to common BDNF variants
Joan C. Han, NICHD

Estimated associations of biomarkers and physical activity in youth vary by measurement modality FARE Award Winner
Britni Belcher, NCI

The peripheral endocannabinoid/CB1 receptor system: A novel therapeutic target for Obesity/Diabetes/NAFLD
George Kunos, NIAAA

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