CICMD Upcoming Seminar Speakers
CICMD Past and Future Seminar Series

Spring 2022

January 12th , 2022

Dr. Lawrence Reagan, PhD.

11:00 to 12:00 PM.
Professor of Pharmacology, Physiology & Neuroscience, Vice Chair at the University of South Carolina. Research interest: determining the underlying structural, neurochemical and
functional changes that are produced by stress in the hippocampus in order to achieve a greater understanding of how these alterations may contribute to the development of cognitive impairments in a variety of clinical situations,
including recurrent depressive illness.

Dr.Lawrence Reagan

March 2nd , 2022

Dr.Darleen Sandoval PhD.

11:00 to 12:00 PM.
Dr. Sandoval is an integrated physiologist, her research focuses on advancing our
understanding of the role of the gut brain-axis in the regulation of metabolism and revolves around two general themes. One is focused on
understanding the role of a gut peptide, with the onset of type 2
diabetes mellitus. The second focuses on the adaptations of the gutbrain
axis with bariatric surgery and how this contributes to the
profound weight-loss and improvements in glucose and lipid
homeostasis seen with these surgeries.

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March 16th, 2022

Dr. Yumei Feng Earley, MD,PhD.

11:00 to 12:00 PM.Dr.
Yumei Feng Earley, MD,PhD.
The University of Nevada Reno.
Research Interest: Neural circuitry mechanisms of
cardiovascular metabolic diseases including hypertension,
diabetes, non-alcoholic fatty liver diseases and Alzheimer’s
diseases. physiological and pathophysiological role of the
renin-angiotensin system (RAS).


April 6th, 2022

Dr. Adam Bress, PharmD, MS.

11:00 Am to 12:00 PM.
Dr. Bress is currently an Associate Professor of Population Health
Sciences with Tenure in the Division of Health System Innovation
and Research and an Investigator at the VA Salt Lake City Health
Care System. His research is focused on the prevention and
treatment of cardiovascular disease, optimizing medication use,
and reducing health disparities

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April 13th, 2022

Dr. Jessica LaRose, PhD.

11:00 Am to 12:00 PM.
Dr. La Rose is the Director, OPT for health. Associate professor of Health Behavior and Policy in the VCU (Virginia Commonwealth University) School of Medicine and a clinical psychologist with specialized training in behavioral medicine in both pediatric and adult populations.

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May 5th, 2022

Dr. Alessandro Bartolomucci, PhD. Early Career Showcase and Mixer- Keynote Speaker-

Dr. Bartolomucci is an Associate Professor of
Physiology – Department of Integrative Biology and Physiology, University of Minnesota.
Research Interest: Stress pathophysiology and Vgf gene-derived peptides. His group investigates the pathological consequences of
chronic stress exposure in animal models of human disease, with the ultimate goal of understanding the underlying molecular mechanisms. Specific pathologies investigated include depression-like disorders,
neuroendocrine disease, obesity, and diabetes.


CICMD Past Seminar Speakers

Fall 2021

Date: September 22th, 2021 From 11:00 am to 12:00 PM.

Dr. Jacob E. (Jed) Friedman, Ph.D. “The New Face of Diabetes and Obesity –A lifespan approach”

Dr. Friedman is the Director of the Harold Hamm Diabetes Center, and Associate Vice Provost for Diabetes Programs at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.

Dr. Friedman

November 10th, 2021

Dr. Alejandro Chade, MD. FAHA. “Renal-cardio pathophysiology in CKD. Work in progress and future directions”

11:00 Am to 12:00 PM.
Dr. Alejandro Chade, MD. Professor of Physiology and Radiology. He is the Associate Director for Translational Research for COBRE. His research interest is renovascular disease and chronic kidney disease, the use of imaging to study renal physiology and pathophysiology, renal microcirculation, and the development of novel therapeutic

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December 8th, 2021

Dr. Elissa Jelalian, PhD. “Interventions to Support Pediatric Weight Regulation: From Efficacy to Dissemination”

Dr. Jelalian is a professor of Psychiatry, Human Behavior, and Pediatrics at Brown University.
She is also the Associate Director of the Weight Control and Diabetes Research Center at The Miriam Hospital. She conducts research aimed at improving obesity prevention and treatment interventions for youth.


Spring 2021 Speakers

January 13, 2021

Dr. Andrea Szombok “Brain Circuits And Mechanisms Involved In The Regulation Of The Liver”.

Associate Professor, Department of Physiology, Tulane University School of Medicine. She is also a member of the Tulane Brain Institute, Tulane Center for Aging, and Tulane Hypertension and Renal Center of Excellence.


January 20,2021

Dr. Berta Hidalgo “Cardiometabolic disease, the Environment, and Hispanic/Latino Population-associated Variants.”

Associate Professor with tenure in the Department of Epidemiology, Associate Scientist in the UAB Nutrition Obesity Research Center and Faculty Scholar in the Center for the Study of Community Health. Her research focuses health disparities related to cardiometabolic diseases, with a special focus on Latino populations and genomics.

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January 27, 2021.

Dr. Paul Welling, MD. “How the Kidney Adapts to the Modern Diet at the Expense of Hypertension”

Dr. Welling is an authority on the molecular bases of potassium and sodium
balance, electrolyte disorders and hypertension. His laboratory is
recognized for elucidating how ion transport molecules in the kidney
control salt balance and discovering how these molecules go awry in
disorders of electrolyte homeostasis and blood pressure. He has a special
interest in the interaction between diet and faulty genes.

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February 10, 2021

Dr. Tannaz Moin. MD, MBA, MSHS. “Translating Evidence to Practice for Diabetes Prevention”

Dr. Moin is an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Divisions of Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism and General Internal Medicine & Health Services Research at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. She is also a Core Investigator at the VA Greater Los Angeles HSR&D Center for the Study of Healthcare Innovation, Implementation & Policy and serves as an Assistant Director for the Specialty Training and Advanced Research (STAR) Program at UCLA. Zoom

Tannaz Moin

February 24, 2021.

Dr. Rebecca Pearl “Weight Stigma and Health: What Do We Know and What Can We Do?”.

Dr. Rebecca L. Pearl is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Clinical and Health Psychology at the College of Public Health and Health Professions at the University of Florida. Dr. Pearl joined the faculty as an Assistant Professor at the Penn Center for Weight and Eating Disorders and Department of Psychiatry in 2016, where she remains on the Adjunct faculty. She began her position at the University of Florida in 2020.

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March 17th, 2021.

Dr. Nadia Drake Ph.D. “Speaking of Science: Sharing Expertise in Ways that Work.”

Dr. Nadia Drake, Ph.D. is a freelance science journalist and contributing writer at
National Geographic. Her work has also appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic,
Scientific American, Nature, Wired, and Science News, among other publications.
Nadia has a PhD in genetics, from Cornell University, and a graduate certificate in science
communication from the University of California, Santa Cruz.

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April 14th, 2021.

Dr. Justin Grobe, Ph.D. “Angiotensin within the hypothalamic arcuate nucleus in cardiometabolic control during obesity”

Dr. Grobe research focuses on understanding the physiological interplay among cardiovascular and metabolic control systems. The neurobiology controlling blood pressure and resting metabolic rate, which has implications for our understanding of the pathogenesis and potential treatments for obesity and obesity-associated hypertension.

Dr Grobe

Fall 2020 Speakers

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”.


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”

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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.”

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OCTOBER 14,2020

Gary J. Schwartz, Ph.D.

“Feel the Burn:Feeding, Nutrient Sensing and Thermogenesis” Gary J. Schwartz, Ph.D., studies how the gut and the brain interact with each other to regulate food intake and associated metabolic processes. Dr. Schwartz and his colleagues aim to identify therapeutic targets for eating behaviors associated with obesity, diabetes and related diseases.


OCTOBER 28, 200

Dr. Jessica Breland, Ph.D.

“Obesity, Mental Health and Inequity” Dr. Breland, MS, PhD is a licensed psychologist and a Core Investigator/CDA Awardee at the Center for Innovation to Implementation in the VA Palo Alto Health Care System.


NOVEMBER 4, 2020

Dr. Brent Myers, Ph.D.

“Cortical stress integration: implications for behavioral and cardiovascular systems.” Dr. Meyer’s research is generally focused on the integrative neuroscience of stress. Specific projects combine behavioral neuroscience, cardiovascular and endocrine physiology, and neurocircuit analysis to determine the mechanistic basis of stress effects on health.


Spring/Fall 2019 Speakers


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”

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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.”

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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”


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.”



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”

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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?”

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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”

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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?”

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January, 2019

Dr. Linda Rinaman

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

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