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MCCTR and COBRE Joint Seminar Series

The MCCTR Seminar Series offers monthly seminars as a forum for the presentation of high-impact obesity-related research and as an opportunity for junior investigators to present their research and receive feedback. The MCCTR works closely with the Mississippi Center for Obesity Research and the Cardiorenal and Metabolic Diseases Research Center to promote the series and to accommodate campus visits by accomplished scientists. In addition, seminars are broadcast widely to our partner institutions. To date, the MCCTR and COBRE have collaborated to provide over 30 seminars the research population at UMMC and our partner institutions.

Upcoming seminars and seminars from our current fiscal year are listed below. A full list of seminars can be found on our News and Events page. If you would like to receive notifications of seminar dates and/or a link view a seminar remotely, contact

  • 8/22/19 - "Great Expectations! Understanding Energy Balance to Advance Management of Obese Patients," Leanne Redman, PhD, Professor of Clinical Sciences, Director, Reproductive Endocrinology and Women's Health Laboratory, Pennington Biomedical Research Center, Louisiana State University
  • 8/8/19 - "Innovative Approaches to Improve the Effectiveness of Clinical Weight Programs for Adolescents with Obesity," Justin Moore, PhD, Wake Forest School of Medicine
  • 2/20/19 - "Hunger Promotes Life," Tamas Horvath, DVM, PhD, Professor and Chair, Department of Comparative Medicine, Jean and David W. Wallace Professor of Biomedical Research, Professor of Neurobiology and Obstetrics/Gynecology, Yale University School of Medicine
  • 2/7/19 - "Tipping the Scale on Obesity and Type 2 Diabetes - Knife, Fork, or Sneakers," John P. Kirwan, PhD, Executive Director and George A. Bray Jr. Endowed Super Chair in Nutrition, Pennington Biomedical Research Center, Louisiana State University
  • 1/24/19 - "Diabetes and the Aging Brain," Owen Carmichael, PhD, Director, Biomedical Imaging Center, Pennington Biomedical Research Center, Louisiana State University
  • 11/8/2018 - "Tissue-Specific Regulation of Lipoprotein Lipase: Relationship to Energy Balance, Insulin Sensitivity and Body Weight Regulation," Robert Eckel, MD, Charles A. Boettcher Endowed Chair in Atherosclerosis, Professor of Medicine, University of Colorado Medical Center
  • 9/27/18 - "Four Discoveries on Arousal and Motor Control," Edgar Garcia-Rill, PhD, Director, Center for Translational Neuroscience, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
  • 9/27/18 - "Telehealth for Infants: Narrowing the Rural-Urban Gap through Research," Richard "Whit" Hall, MD, Professor, Neonatology, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
  • 8/23/18 - "A Metabolic Syndrome Perspective," Aldi Kraja, PhD, Associate Professor, Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis
  • 7/26/18 - "Big Data and Cardiometabolic Disorders: How Can We Bridge the Gap Between Evidence and Practice," Salim Virani, MD, PhD, FACC, FAHA, Associate Professor, Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine
  • 7/24/18 - Martin Pollak, MD, Professor, Medicine, Harvard Medical School
  • 6/14/18 - "Interdisciplinary  Therapeutic Approach to Severe Obesity," Bartolome Burguera, MD, PhD, Professor, Endocrinology and Metabolism, Cleveland Clinic
  • 5/3/18 - "A patient with obesity walks into your clinic: designing effective obesity treatments for key populations," Jamy Ard, MD, Associate Professor, Internal Medicine, Co-Director of Weight Management Center, Wake Forest Medical Center
  • 4/12/18 - "The Emerging Role of Epigenetics in Cardiometabolic Disease," Ryan Irvin, PhD, MS, Associate Professor, School of Public Health, University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • 3/14/18 - “Epigenetic Regulation of Adipose Tissue,” Steven Smith, M.D., Chief Scientific Officer/Senior Vice President, Florida Hospital; Scientific Director, Translational Research Institute for Diabetes and Metabolism; Professor, Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute at Lake Nona.
  • 1/11/18 - “Diabetes Prevention in Obesity: Strategies Based on Cardiometabolic Disease Risk Stratification,” Timothy Garvey, M.D., Chair, Department of Nutrition Sciences, and Professor of Nutrition Sciences, University of Alabama at Birmingha