UGA Obesity Initiative
First Annual Research Symposium
March 5, 2020

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, Associate Professor Department of Foods and Nutrition
9:45-10:00 Josephine Bou Dagher PhD Student, Biomedical and Health Sciences Institute will present

Title: Independent and combined effects of Bisphenol A and Diethylhexyl Phthalate on metabolic outcomes in Sprague-Dawley rats

10:00-10:15 Caroline Cawthon, PhD Candidate, Department of Foods and Nutrition will present

Title: Microglia depletion in the nodose ganglion prevents high-fat diet-induced hyperphagia in male Wistar rats

10:15-10:30 Yang Liu PhD Student, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology will present

Title: Ectopic brown adipose tissue formation within skeletal muscle after brown adipose progenitor cell transplant augments energy expenditure.

10:30-10:45 Liana Rodrigues PhD Student, Department of Foods and Nutrition will present

Title: Do diet instructions impact weight outcomes during nut interventions?

10:45-11:00 Rachel McCardel , Master’s Student, Health Promotion and Behavior will present

Title: Examining the facilitators and barriers to implementing physical activity and healthy eating policies in a large organization with multiple locations

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. Alyssa Hasty, Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor, Molecular Physiology and Biophysics; Associate Dean for Faculty Development of the Basic Sciences, School of Medicine Vanderbilt University
Presentation Title: Macrophages as ‘Ferrostats’ in Adipose Tissue
1:30-2:05 Dr. Corby Martin, Director, Ingestive Behavior Laboratory at Pennington Biomedical Research Center, LSU
Presentation Title: TBD
2:10-2:45 Dr. Jeni Burnette, Associate Professor of Psychology, NC State
Presentation Title: Consequences of Obesity Public Health Messages: A Mindset Approach
2:50-3:25 Dr. Rita Hamad, Assistant Professor, Family Community Medicine, University of California San Francisco
Presentation Title: The Effects of Social Policies on Obesity: Current Evidence and Future Directions
3:30-3:45 Open questions for speakers
3:45-4:00 Student award winners announced, closing remarks Dr. Jamie Cooper