Researchers, Policymakers Gather to Discuss Obesity in the New Decade

It is an epidemic that reaches from adults to young children, across cultural lines and economic boundaries.  Obesity and its related diseases have been the subject of aggressive research in many disciplines.   

The University of Houston Texas Obesity Research Center (TORC) brings many experts and policymakers together for a two-day conference to share information, perspective and approaches for the prevention and treatment of obesity.  "Advancing Obesity Research in a New Decade" is planned for 2-7:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 18 and 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday, Nov. 19 at the Rockwell Pavilion in the M.D. Anderson Library.   

"It's our hope that scientists, students and anyone interested in healthy communities attend to share expertise, ideas and best practices," said Rebecca Lee, associate professor on health and human performance and director of TORC.   

Michael I. Goran, director of the Childhood Obesity Research Center at the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine, will provide the keynote address, "The Future of Childhood Obesity Research." Additionally,     State Rep. Carol Alvarado will join a panel of experts to discuss health care reform and obesity.  Participants also will hear about "Nightclub Cardio," a workout set to nightclub music.   

"Obesity is a national health crisis," said Dr. Kathryn Peek, assistant vice president of university health initiatives.  "By bringing together researchers from a variety of fields, UH's TORC is emerging as a national leader in finding workable solutions for the obesity epidemic."

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WHO: The UH Texas Obesity Research Center

2010 Texas Obesity Research Center Conference

"Advancing Obesity Research in a New Decade"


2 -7 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 18

8:30 a.m. - 6 p.m., Friday, Nov. 19

WHERE: UH M.D. Anderson Library, Rockwell Pavilion, 2nd floor