Past Seminars

2018 New York Regional Obesity Forum

Bringing researchers together to discuss the latest on obesity

Wednesday, September 26 2018

at Columbia University's Lerner Hall

Keynote speakers: Dr. Michael Jensen and Dr. Rebecca Haeusler


2018 International Body Composition Symposium

Click here for program.


DeWitt Goodman Seminar Series

2019 - 2020 Academic Year




September 25, 2019

Henry N. Ginsberg, M.D.

Irving Professor of Medicine

Past Director


"Nuclear Membrane Proteins Regulate VLDL Secretion and Hepatic Lipid Metabolism."

October 2, 2019

Chloe Berland, PhD

Research Post-doc Candidate

Physiology, Neurosciences

Paris, France

"Dietary Fat Impact Feeding Behavior and Food Reward Through the Dopamine D2 Receptor."

October 16, 2019

Zaman Mirzadeh, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery

Barrow Neurological Institute

"Developmental Plasticity in the Mediobasal Hypothalamus."

October 23, 2019

John I. Glendinning
Ann Whitney Olin Professor of Biology

Barnard College

Columbia University

"Cephalic Control of Insulin Release in Mice."

November 6, 2019

Anthony Sclafani, Ph.D.

Emeritus Distinguished Professor

Department of Psychology

Brooklyn College of City University of New York

"Sugar and Fat Appetite: Role of Mouth and Gut Nutrient Sensors."

November 20, 2019

Sarah Tishkoff, Ph.D.
David and Lyn Silfen University Professor
Departments of Genetics and Biology
University of Pennsylvania

“African Genomics: Implication for Studies of Human Evolution and Disease.”

December 4, 2019

Russell DeBose-Boyd, PhD
Beatrice and Miguel Elias Distinguished Chair in Biomedical Science
Professor of Molecular Genetics
UT Southwestern Medical Center

"Posttranslational Regulation of HMG CoA Reductase, the Rate-Limiting Enzyme of Cholesterol Synthesis and Molecular Target of Statins​."

December 11, 2019

Sarah Stanley, MBBCH, PhD
Assistant Professor
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism Institute

“Neural Regulation of Glucose Metabolism.”

January 8, 2020

Steven Grinspoon, MD

Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Chief, Metabolism Unit, MGH

Director, Nutrition Obesity Research Center at Harvard 

Massachusetts General Hospital

"A Novel Hormonal Strategy to Treat NAFLD: Mechanistic and Therapeutic Implications."

January 29, 2020

Phyllis C. Zee, MD, PhD

Chief of Sleep Medicine in the Department of Neurology

Northwestern University Chicago

“Enhancing Circadian Function for Brain and Metabolic Health.”​

February 12, 2020

Carlos Campos

Department of Integrative Physiology and Neuroscience, College of Veterinary Medicine

Washington State University

"Viscerosensory Contributions to Feeding and Affective Behaviors."

February 19, 2020

Triantafyllos Chavakis

Professor, Clinical Chemistry & Clinical Pathbiochemistry

Director, Institute for Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine

University Clinic Carl Gustav Carus,

Dresden, Germany

"Immunometabolic Circuits in Inflammation."

February 26, 2020

Anthony Ferrante, MD

Professor of Medicine

Chief of Preventive Medicine and Nutrition

New York Obesity Nutrition Research Center Resources

March 4, 2020

Rotonya Carr, MD

Assistant Professor of Medicine

University of Pennsylvania

Division of Gastroenterology

"Lipid Droplets and Ceramides in Alcoholic Liver Disease."

March 11, 2020

Utpal Pajvani, MD, PhD
Herbert Irving Associate Professor of Medicine
Division of Endocrinology

"The Metabolic and Neoplastic Consequences of Reactivated Notch Signaling in the Obese Liver."


2018 - 2019 Academic Year




September 12, 2018

Lev Becker, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Ben May Department for Cancer Research
The University of Chicago

"Macrophage pathways link obesity to accelerated atherogenesis and breast cancer"

October 3, 2018

Alexander R. Nectow, MS, PhD
CV Starr Fellow, Associate Research Scholar
Head, Nectow Lab
Princeton University/CUMC

"The Neurobiology of Energy Balance"

October 24, 2018

David Allison, PhD

Dean, Indiana University School of Public Health


“Obesity, Energetics, and Longevity: Social, Experimental, Evolutionary, and Epidemiologic Perspectives”

October 31, 2018

Chuchun Liz Chang, Ph.D.

Institute of Human Nutrition

College of Physicians and Surgeons


“New Roles of Lipoprotein Lipase and Bioactive Lipids in Immune Cell Biology”

November 7, 2018

Diana Thomas

Professor of Mathematics

United States Military Academy

West Point

“Predicting Military Injuries from 3D Body Morphology"

November 14, 2018

Michael P. Czech, MD
Isadore and Fannie Foxman Professor
Chair, Program in Molecular Medicine
University of Massachusetts Medical School

"Adipocyte to Neuron Crosstalk to Regulate Systemic Metabolism”

November 28, 2018

Jeffrey Flier, MD

Dean of Faculty of Medicine

Harvard Medical School

Boston, MA

“Starvation in the Midst of Plenty: Reflections on the History and Biology of Insulin and Leptin”

December 5, 2018

Lecture – Medical Grand Rounds

Sekar Kathiresan , MD

Massachusetts General Hospital

“Genetic Basis for Myocardial Infarction: Understanding Risk and Resistance”

December 12, 2018

Ebru Erbay, MD

Assistant Professor - Bilkent University

Research Associate – Harvard School of Public Health

"Organelle Stress at the Intersection of Immunometabolism"

December 19, 2018

Alison Kohan, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Human Nutrition and Metabolism

Department of Nutritional Sciences
University of Connecticut

"The Role of apoC-III in Intestinal Immunity and IBD"

January 9, 2019

Ira Goldberg, MD

Director, NYU Division of endocrinology

Diabetes & Metabolism


"Fat in the Blood, Fat in the Heart"

January 16, 2019

Filip Swirski, PhD

Associate Professor Radiology, Harvard Medical School

Massachusetts General Hospital Research Institute

“Sleep and Cardiovascular Disease"

January, 23, 2019

Stefan Jordan, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Department of Oncological Sciences
Laboratory of Professor Miriam Merad

“Nutrition, Microbiome, Immunity: Food Energy Regulates Inflammation”

February 6, 2019

Jorge Plutzky, MD

Director, The Vascular Disease Prevention Program

Director, Preventive Cardiology

Associate Professor, Harvard Medical School

Cardiovascular Medicine

"Programmatic Control of Transcription: Applying New Insights to Cardio-Metabolic Disorders"

February 20, 2019

Daniel A Heller, PhD

Head, Cancer Nanomedicine Laboratory

Associate Member, Molecular Pharmacology Program

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center 

Associate Professor, Weill Cornell Medicine

“Nanotechnologies for the Research, Diagnosis, and Treatment of Metabolic Disease"

March 6, 2019

Streamson C. Chua, Jr. MD

Professor, of Department of Medicine

Albert Einstein College of Medicine

"A Gut-Brain Axis that Controls Glycemia and Insulin Sensitivity"

March 13, 2019

Graham Barr, MD

Professor of Department of Medicine & Epidemiology

Chief, Division of General Medicine


“Artificial Intelligence or Artificial Stupidity: What can machine learning do for us?”

March 20, 2019

Juan J. Lafaille, Ph.D.

Professor of Pathology and Medicine

Skirball Institute – Alexandria West 4th floor

New York University School of Medicine

"Regulatory T Cells and Macrophages in the Adipose Tissue"

April 10, 2019

Paul Cohen, M.D., Ph.D.

Albert Resnick, M.D. Assistant Professor

Head, Laboratory of Molecular Metabolism

The Rockefeller University

"Local and Systemic Adipose Tissue Crosstalk in Health and Disease"

April 24, 2019

Anthony Ferrante, MD, PhD

Professor of Medicine

Chief of Preventive Medicine & Nutrition



"The Defense of Body Weight: Two Systems One Number"

May 8, 2019

Kimberly Buhman, MD

Purdue University

Professor, Department of Nutrition Science

College of Health and Human Science

West Lafayette, IN

"Dietary Fat Absorption in Health and Disease"

May 22, 2019

Peter A. Crawford, MD, PhD

Professor, Departments of Medicine & Biochemistry

Molecular Biology & Biophysics

Vice Chair for Research, Dept of Medicine

Director, Division of Molecular Medicine

University of Minnesota

"Multi-dimensional Roles of Ketone Bodies in  Fuel Metabolism, Signaling, and Therapeutics"

May 29, 2019

J. Mark Brown, Ph.D.

Associate Staff – Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine

Director of Research – Center for Microbiome & Human Health

Cleveland Clinic Lerner Research Institute

“Drugging the Gut Microbial Endocrine Organ for Improvement of Cardiometabolic Disease”

June 5, 2019

Ivan E de Araujo, DPhil


Friedman Brain Institute

Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism Institute

Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai 

"The Gut-Brain Axis and Reward"

2017 - 2018 Academic Year




September 13, 2017


Dympna Gallagher, PhD

Professor of Nutritional Medicine CUMC

"Offspring Body Composition at Birth: An RCT on Prevention of Excess Gestational Weight Gain in Women with Overweight and Obesity”

September 20, 2017

John P Morrow, MD, FHRS

Co-Director of Cardiology Grand Rounds, Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, Division of Cardiology

"Mechanisms of Arrhythmia Caused by Obesity or High-Fat Diet"

September 27, 2017

Mitchell Lazar, MD

University of Pennsylvania

"Transcriptional Regulation of Circadian Rhythms and Metabolism"

October 4, 2017

Jay Horton, MD

Professor, Chair in Obesity & Diabetes Research Center for Human Nutrition, University of Texas – Southwestern Medical Center

“Organization of the Lipogenic Complex"

October 11, 2017

Douglas S. Steinbrech, MD

Gotham Plastic Surgery

"Body Banking - The Principals of Lipocyte Transfer in Humans."

October 18, 2017

Henry Ginsberg, MD

Irving Professor of Medicine, Director Emeritus

Irving Institute for Clinical and Translation Research


Update from the Ginsberg Laboratory:  "The Liver is Where Amazing Things Are Happening"

November 8, 2017

Bret Goodpaster, PhD

Director of the Exercise Core Translational Research Institute for Metabolism and Diabetes Florida Hospital

“Effects of Weight Loss and Exercise on Skeletal Muscle Energy Metabolism

November 15, 2017

Yann Ravussin, PhD 


"Overfeeding Induced Obesity Causes Anorexia Associated with Atypical Peripheral and Central Responses"

November 29, 2017

Zachary Knight, PhD

NYSCF-Robertson Investigator

Assistant Professor

Kavli Institute for Fundamental Neuroscience

Department of Physiology

Univ. of Calif. San Francisco

"The Neurobiology of Hunger"

December 6, 2017

Meredith Hawkins, MD

Professor, Department of Medicine Endocrinology

Director, Global Diabetes Institute

Albert Einstein College of Medicine

"Regulation of Glucose Metabolism across the Nutritional Spectrum: A Global Perspective"

December 13, 2017

Medical Grand Round/Lecture

Kirsten Bibbins-Domingo, MD


UCSF School of Medicine

“Cardiovascular Disease Prevention in the Era of Precision Medicine”

January 10, 2018

Norbert Perrimon, Ph.D

Professor of Genetics, Harvard Medical School

Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute

"Interorgan Communication"

January 17, 2018

Kenneth Cusi, MD

Professor of Medicine

Staff, Malcom Randall VAMC

Chief, Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism

The University of Florida

"Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD): The Overlooked Complication of Obesity and Type 2 Diabetes"

February 7, 2018

Dympna Gallagher, MD

Professor of Nutritional Medicine

Director, Body Composition Unit


"Pregnancy Increases Maternal Visceral Adipose Tissue"

February 14, 2018

Joan M Bathon, MD

Professor of Medicine

Chief, Division of Rheumatology


"Enhanced Risk of Cardiovascular Disease in Rheumatoid Arthritis"

February 28, 2018

Stavroula Kousteni, MD

Associate Professor of Physiology & Cellular Biophysics


“Bone as a Regulator of Appetite and Insulin Resistance”

March 7, 2018

David Allison, Ph.D.

Dean, Indiana University School of Public Health - Bloomington

“Deeper Down the Rabbit Hole of Data, Analysis, and Inference Errors and Suggestions for Digging Back Out”

March 14, 2018

Allan Tall, MD

Professor of Physiology and Cellular Biophysics


"TTC39B: a GWAS Hit for HDL Impacting Multiple Metabolic Phenotypes"

April 4, 2018

Susan K. Fried, Ph.D.
Diabetes Obesity and Metabolism Institute

Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

"Depot-Dependent Mechanisms Regulating Fat Distribution in Women and Men"

April 11, 2018

Amira Klip, PhD

Senior Scientist

Cell Biology Program, Research Institute

Hospital for Sick Children

Toronto, ON, Canada

"Monocyte, Macrophage and Neutrophil Pro-Inflammatory Polarization in Obesity"

April 25, 2018

Moshe Arditi, MD

Professor of Biomedical Science

Director, Infectious Diseases, Allergy and Immunology

Cedar-Sinai Medical Center

Los Angeles, CA

“Kawasaki Disease Vasculitis. Role of the Gut Microbiome and Permeability in the Development of Cardiovascular Lesions”

May 2, 2018

Lori Zeltser, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Pathology and Cell Biology


“Identifying Novel Therapeutic Targets for Anorexia Nervosa”

May 9, 2018

Jeffrey Pessin, Ph.D.

Judy R. & Alfred A. Rosenberg Professorial Chair in Diabetes Research

Director, Diabetes Research Center

Departments of Medicine and Molecular

Albert Einstein College of Medicine

"Non-Canonical Macroautophagy Pathway Regulates Bax-Dependent Adipocyte Programmed Cell Death"

May 16, 2018

Gary J. Schwartz, Ph.D.

Professor of Department Medicine

Departments of Medicine & Neuroscience

Albert Einstein College of Medicine

“Feel the Burn - Adipose Tissue Sensory Nerves, CNS Temperature"

May 23, 2018

Rebecca Haeusler, PhD

Assistant Professor of Pathology and Cell Biology

Department of Medicine


"Bile Acids in Two Axes: Gut-Brain and Mother-Fetus"

May 30, 2018

Karin Bornfeldt, PhD

Professor of Medicine, Division of Metabolism, Endocrinology and Nutrition

University of Washington

“Diabetes and Atherosclerosis – Can Mechanistic Mouse Models Provide New Treatment Strategies?”

June 6, 2018

William Blaner, MD

Professor of Nutritional Medicine

Department of Preventive Medicine


“RBP2 and RBP4: Distinct Metabolic Disease”

June 13, 2018

Mark Andermann, PhD

Assistant Professor in Medicine

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

“Anticipatory Regulation of Food and Water Intake”

2016 - 2017 Academic Year




January 11, 2017

Philipp E. Scherer, PhD

Professor, Department of Internal Medicine

The Univ. of Texas Southwestern Medical Center


"The Metabolic Consequences of Reactivated Notch Signaling in Obesity"

January 18, 2017

Brian Elbel, PhD

NYU School of Medicine


“The role of policy and the environment on obesity”

January 25, 2017

Obesity and Diabetes

(Keystone Symposium)




February 1, 2017

Christopher Newgard, PhD

Duke University



February 8, 2017

Steven Heymsfield, MD

Pennington Biomedical Research Center



February 15, 2017

Jose Luchsinger, MD, PhD

Associate Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology


"Research on diabetes, related conditions, and cognitive impairment"

February 22, 2017

Young Hwan Jo, PhD

Albert Einstein College of Medicine



March 1, 2017

Jonathan Krakoff, MD




March 8, 2017

Michael Schwartz, MD

University of Washington



March 15, 2017

Dympna Gallagher, PhD

Professor of Nutritional Medicine




April 5, 2017

Ira Tabas, MD

Professor and Medicine, Cell Biology, and Physiology




April 12, 2016


No Seminar


April 19, 2017

Jon T. Giles, MD, MPH

Assistant Professor of Medicine

Division of Rheumatology




May 3, 2017


K. Sreekumaran Nair, MD, PhD

Endocrinology, Diabetes Metabolism and Nutrition

Rochester Minnesota

Mayo Clinic



May 17, 2017

Lale Ozcan, MD

Assistant Professor – Dept. of Medicine




May 24, 2017

Judith Korner, MD

Weight Control Center-CUMC



June 7, 2017

Aja Chawla, MD, PhD

University of California



June 14, 2017

Susan Redline, MD, MPH

Professor of Sleep Medicine

Harvard Medical School