Diabetes Metabolic Research Conference

  • A lecture series in the style of Grand Rounds
  • Held at noon on the first and third Mondays of each calendar month during the academic year*
  • Presenters include invited guests from outside OU
  • Click here to view previous lectures

2024 Upcoming Speakers

  • April 15 - John Thyfault, Ph.D., FACSM, FTOS, University of Kansas | TBD
  • May 6 - Wen-xing Ding, Ph.D., University of Kansas | TBD
  • May 20 - Sarah Borengasser, Ph.D., M.S., University of Oklahoma | TBD
  • Sept. 23 – Willa Hseuh, M.D., The Ohio State University | TBD
  • Sept. 30 – Robert A. Waterland, Ph.D., Baylor | TBD
  • Oct. 21 – Matt Robinson, Ph.D., Oregon State University | TBD
  • Nov. 4 – Roberta Leonardi, Ph.D., West Virginia University | TBD
  • Nov. 18 – R. Scott Rector, Ph.D., University of Missouri | TBD
  • Dec. 2 – Olivier Thibault, Ph.D., University of Kentucky | TBD

2023 Past Lectures

  • Dec. 4 – Charlie Rioux, Ph.D., University of Oklahoma | Developmental models of person-environment interactions: Studies of mental health and implications for metabolic health
  • Nov. 20 – James G. Granneman, Ph.D., Wayne State University | Lipolysis regulation in the light of co-evolution
  • Nov. 6 – Dominick J. Lemas, Ph.D., University of Florida | Breastfeeding and Infant Nutrition in the Era of Precision Health
  • Oct. 16 – Yanqiao Zhang, M.D., FAHA, Northeast Ohio Medical University | Role of Activating Transcription Factor 3 in Metabolic Diseases
  • Oct. 2 – Prabhakara Nagareddy, M. Pharm, Ph.D., FAHA, University of Oklahoma | Neutrophils During Myocardial Infarction: The Good, The Bad and the Ugly
  • Jun. 5 – Miriam Vos, M.D., MSPH, Emory University | Impact and Burden of Dietary Sugars on the Liver
  • May 1 – Marisol Castillo-Castrejon, Ph.D., University of Oklahoma | β-Cells: A Potential Role in Obesity and Diabetes Risk after Menopause


Ramasamy Selvarani, University of Oklahoma | The Role of Necroptosis in Chronic Inflammation in Aging and Age-Related Diseases

  • Apr. 17 – Clair Crewe, Ph.D., Washington University | Interorgan Transport of Mitochondria from Energetically Stressed Adipocytes
  • Apr. 3 – Kristin Stanford, Ph.D., The Ohio State University | New Mechanisms for Maternal Exercise to Regulate Offspring Health
  • Mar. 20 – Arlan Richardson, Ph.D., University of Oklahoma and OKC VA Medical Center | OKC-HET B/W Rat: A Novel Genetically Heterogenous Animal Model with Divergent Mitochondrial Genomes
  • Feb. 20 – Hongxia Ren, Ph.D., Indiana University | Physiological and Molecular Underpinning of Metabolism, Diet and Ageing
  • Feb. 6 – David Jelley, M.D., University of Oklahoma, Tulsa | The Bionic Pancreas – past, present and future

2022 Past Lectures

  • Dec. 5 – Hongmin Ni, M.D., University of Kansas Medical Center | The Role of Vacuole Membrane Protein 1 (VMP1) in Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease and Tumorigenesis
  • Nov. 21 – Susan Sisson, Ph.D., RDN, CHES, FACSM, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center | Nutrition and Physical Activity in Early Childhood
  • Nov. 7 – Shaoning Jiang, Ph.D., University of Oklahoma College of Medicine | Role of Macrophage miR-130b/301b in Beige Adipogenesis and Adipose Tissue Inflammation in Obesity
  • Oct. 17 – Nicola Santoro, M.D., Ph.D., University of Kansas Medical Center | Fatty Liver Disease and Obesity in Youth: A Clinical/Translational Research Approach
  • Oct. 3 – Alyssa Hasty, Ph.D., Vanderbilt University | Persistence of Adipose Tissue Immune Cell Phenotypes in Weight Loss and Regain

Past Presenters

Ann-Louise Olson, Ph.D., Edith Kinney Gaylord Foundation Presidential Professor; Vice Chair, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, OU Health Sciences Center
C. Ronald Kahn, M.D., Chief Academic Officer and Senior Investigator, Joslin Diabetes Center; Mary K.Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Valarie Blue Bird Jernigan, Dr.P.H., M.P.H., Public Health & Health Promotion, OU Health Sciences Center
Elvira Isganaitis, M.D., M.P.H., Pediatrics/Endocrinology, Harvard Medical School
Cecil Lewis, Ph.D., Anthropology, OU-Norman
Véronique A. Lacombe, D.V.M., Ph.D., Center for Veterinary Health Sciences, OSU-Stillwater
Dharambir Sanghera, Ph.D., Pediatrics/Genetics, OU Health Sciences Center
Steven D. Chernausek, M.D., CMRI Edith Kinney Gaylord Chair; Professor of Pediatrics, OU Health Sciences Center
Kevin Short, M.D., CMRI Choctaw Nation Chair; Associate Professor of Pediatrics, OU Health Sciences Center
Kenneth Humphries, Ph.D., Assistant Member, Aging & Metabolism Research Program, OMRF
Will Holland, Ph.D., Internal Medicine, UT Southwestern Medical Center
Robert Anderson, M.D., Ph.D., Ophthalmology & Cell Biology, Dean McGee Eye Institute
Christina Scifres, M.D., Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Dept. of Obstetrics & Gynecology, OU Health Sciences Center
Michael Businelle, Ph.D, Health Promotion Research Center
Susan Sisson, Ph.D., R.D.N., C.H.E.S., F.A.C.S.M., Dept. of Nutritional Sciences, OU Health Sciences Center
Darren Lee, Ph.D., Dept. of Ophthalmology, OU Health Sciences Center
Yusuke Takahashi, Ph.D.,Dept. of Internal Medicine, OU Health Sciences Center
Steven D. Chernausek, M.D.,CMRI Edith Kinney Gaylord Chair; Department of Pediatrics, OU Health Sciences Center
Peter Butler, M.D., Dept. of Medicine,Section of Endocrinology, Diabetes & Hypertension, UCLA
Patrick Catalano, M.D., Vice Chair, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Research, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Tufts
Weidong Wang, Ph.D., Dept. of Internal Medicine, OU Health Sciences Center
Bobby Saunkeah, R.N. & Michael Peercy, M.P.H., Chickasaw Nation Department of Health
Leanne Redman, Ph.D.,Professor, Pennington Biomedical Research Center, Louisiana State University
Peter Arvan, M.D., Ph.D., Chief, Dept. of Metabolism, Endocriniology& Diabetes,University of Michigan
Fida Bacha, M.D., F.A.A.P., Associate Professor, Division of Pediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes, Texas Children's Hospital, Baylor
Malcolm Low, M.D., Ph.D., University of Michigan
Susan Ozanne, Ph.D., University of Cambridge
Hariom Yadav, Ph.D., Wake Forest School of Medicine
Melanie Cree-Green, M.D., Ph.D., University of Colorado-Anschutz Medical Campus
Kent Thornburg, Ph.D., Oregon Health and Science University
Franck Mauvais-Jarvis, M.D., Ph.D., Tulane University
Elizabeth Parks, Ph.D., University of Missouri
Shawn Burgess, Ph.D., University of Texas Southwestern
Katie Page, M.D., USC Keck School of Medicine
Xia "Shelley" Lei, M.D., Ph.D., Oklahoma State University

Watch for more dates to be added soon!
If you are interested in presenting or can suggest a visiting presenter for this conference, please email Lark-zink@ouhsc.edu.

The 2022-2023 Conference Committee consists of Dr. Jed Friedman, Dr. Tiangang Li, Dr. David Fields, Dr. Karen Jonscher and Dr. Ann Olson.

No cost to attend. For more information or for accommodations on the basis of disability, call 405-271-2824.

*except where noted

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