UGA Obesity Initiative
Second Annual Research Symposium
February 18, 2022

UGA Special Collections Library
300 Hull Street
Athens, GA 30602


9:30-9:45 Check In and Welcome  Dr. Jamie Cooper, Director UGA Obesity Initiative, Interim Associate Dean, College of Family & Consumer Sciences, Wiliam P. “Bill” Flatt Professor in Nutritional Sciences

 Student Presentation:  Magen N. Lord, PhD Student, Department of Nutritional Sciences

Title: Sexually dimorphic effects of a Western Diet on brain mitochondrial bioenergetics and neurocognitive function


 Student Presentation: Mary Catherine Prater, PhD/DI Candidate, Department of Nutritional Sciences

Title: Cottonseed oil shows favorable blood lipid improvements in hypercholesterolemic adults compared to olive oil.


 Student Presentation: Yangyang Deng, PhD  Candidate, Department of Kinesiology

Title: Novel Lifestyle Program to Prevent Pediatric Obesity among Overweight Latinx Adolescents: A Limited Efficacy Pilot Study


 Student Presentation: Chisom Blessing Okoli, PhD Student, Department of Nutritional Sciences

Title: Black Parents’ Perceptions about and Barriers to Limiting Sugar-Sweetened Beverages among Young Children


 Student Presentation: Christabel Ampong Domfe,  MS Student, Department of Nutritional Sciences

Title: Area of Residence (rural vs urban) and Obesity Prevalence Among Mother-Father Dyads in Ghana

11:00-11:15 Break
11:15-12:45 Lunch and Student Poster Presentations
12:45-12:50 Symposium Speaker Introduction Dr. Jamie Cooper
12:50-1:25 Dr. Sushant Bhatnagar, Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, University of Alabama at Birmingham
Presentation Title: TBD
1:30-2:05 Dr. Hollie Raynor, Associate Dean and Professor, Department of Nutrition, University of Tennessee Knoxville
Presentation Title: Childhood Obesity Treatment: Translating Research into Practice
2:10-2:45 Dr. Joel Kimmons, PhD, Nutrition Scientist, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Presentation Title: TBD
2:50-3:05 Open questions for speakers
3:05-3:20 Student award winners announced, closing remarks Dr. Jamie Cooper