CICMD Past and Future Seminar Speakers
CICMD Past and Future Seminar Series

September 30, 2020

Jessica Faulkner, Ph.D

Post Doctoral Fellow, Vascular Biology Center at the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University. Research Interest: increases in endothelial cell mineralocorticoid receptor expression underlie leptin induced, obesity-associated cardiovascular diseases in premenopausal females. High leptin levels in obese pregnant woman may predispose them to hypertensive disorders of pregnancy, notably preeclampsia, via activation of endothelial mineralocorticoid receptors. “Sex Specific Implications of Leptin and Mineralcorticoide Receptors in Endothelial Function and Hypertension”

2020 Fall speakers

September 23,2020

Kiarri Kershaw, Ph.D

Associate Professor of Preventive Medicine (Epidemiology). Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Research Interest: Understanding the contributions of the social environment to cardiovascular health and health disparities. “Understanding the contributions of the social environment to cardiovascular disease risk.”

speakers fall 2020

July, 2020

Dr, Kristen L. Knutson, Ph.D.

Dr, Kristen Knutson is a biomedical anthropologist and she is currently an Associate Professor in the Center for Circadian and Sleep Medicine in the Department of Neurology at Northwestern University. Her research focuses on the association between sleep, circadian rhythms and chronic diseases, including diabetes, obesity and cardiovascular disease. “Human Variation in Sleep Patterns: Implications for Cardiometabolic Disease Risk”.

Dr Knutson


Dr Kevin Hall.

Senior Investigator at the National Institute of Diabetes & Digestive & Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), National Institute of Health. Dr. Hall is the recipient of the NIH Director’s Award, the NIDDK Director’s Award, the Lilly Scientific Achievement Award from The Obesity Society, the Guyton Award for Excellence in Integrative Physiology from the American Society of Physiology, and his award winning Body Weight Planner Co-Sponsored with the Department of Nutritional Sciences,FSHN. “Carbs, Calories, or Quality? What matters most for weight loss”

CICMD Speaker


Dr. Aaron S. Kelly, Ph.D.

Professor of Pediatrics, Minnesota American Legion and Auxiliary Chair in Children’s Health, Co-Director, Center for Pediatric Obesity Medicine, University of Minnesota. “Precision Medicine for Obesity.”

CICMD speaker


Dr. Kellie L. Tamashiro, M.S., Ph.D.

Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Johns Hopkins University. “Influence of maternal diet on offspring health: Lessons from animal models”

CICMD speaker

September, 2019

Dr. Joseph Breza PHD

Assistant Professor Psychology; Neuroscience, Eastern Michigan State. Co-Sponsor with the Center for Smell and Taste. “Lightly Salted: An Optogenetic Approach to Illuminate the Role.” of Type I Cells in Salt Taste.”

CICMD speaker #6


Kathryn Ross, Ph.D.,M.P.H.

Assistant Professor in the Department of Clinical and Health Psychology and in the Social and Behavioral Sciences concentration in the College of Public Health and Health Professions. “Identifying and Characterizing High-Risk Periods for Weight Regain after Initial Weight Loss”

CICMD Speaker

April, 2019

April Carson, Ph.D., MSPH, FAHA

Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion School of Public Health, University of Alabama at Birmingham “Preventing diabetes and its complications: Where do we go from here?”

CICMD speaker 4

March, 2019.

Jennifer Pollock, Ph.D.

Co-Director and Professor of Medicine, Division of Nephrology School of Medicine University of Alabama at Birmingham “Not All Nitric Oxide is created equal”

CICMD Speaker 3

February 2019

Michael Rosenbaum, MD

Professor, Pediatrics and Medicine Associate Director, Clinical Translational Research Award/Clinical Research Resource Columbia University Medical Center “Obesity: Why Is It So Hard to Keep Weight Off?”

CICMD speaker 2

January, 2019

Dr. Linda Rinaman

Professor of Psychology Neuroscience Graduate Group Florida State University “Gut-Brain Signaling and Motivated Behavior “

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