2024 Symposium Itinerary


UGA Obesity Research Initiative Third Annual Symposium
February 9, 2024

UGA Special Collections Library
300 Hull Street
Athens, GA 30602

9:00-9:05 Welcome: Dr. Jamie Cooper, Director UGA Obesity Research Initiative, Professor and Department Head in Kinesiology
9:05-9:20 Trevor Batson, Department of Kinesiology
Presentation: Leptin and cardiometabolic risk in children with cerebral palsy.
9:20-9:35 Magen Lord, Department of Nutritional Sciences
Presentation: Behavioral mechanisms underlying cannabinoid-induced eating.
9:35-9:50 Mary Catherine Prater, Department of Nutritional Sciences
Presentation: Cottonseed oil diet enrichment offers protection from angiopoietin-like protein changes compared to olive oil in adults with dyslipidemia.
9:50-10:00 Break
10:00-10:05 Symposium Morning Speaker Introduction: Dr. Jamie Cooper
10:05-10:40 Keynote Speaker, Dr. Jonathan Mitchell
Presentation: Sleep and pediatric obesity prevention: Moving from observational to experimental evidence.
10:40-11:15 Keynote Speaker, Dr. Sarah Salvy
Presentation: In pursuit of meaningful lifestyle behavior change.
11:15-12:50 Lunch and Student Poster Presentations
12:50-12:55 Introduction to afternoon speakers: Dr. Jamie Cooper
12:55-1:10 Skylar Mercer, Department of Nutritional Sciences
Presentation: Does maternal obesity affect changes in total 25-hydroxyvitamin D over the course of pregnancy?
1:10-1:25 Eden Crain, Department of Nutritional Sciences
Presentation: Impact of chronic systemic LPS exposure on anxiety, memory, and neuroinflammation.
1:25-2:00 Keynote Speaker, Dr. Kelly Haws
Presentation: Social influences on health-related decisions.
2:00-2:10 Break
2:10-2:45 Keynote Speaker, Dr. Emily Noble
Presentation: Adolescent nutrition and the developing brain: lessons from rodent models.
2:45-3:00 Student award winners announced, closing remarks: Dr. Jamie Cooper