Cincinnati—The Seventh Annual Cincinnati Neurofest is scheduled for
March 19 and 20, and it will focus on new perspectives in the
neurobiology of food intake and obesity. Obesity is a major health
problem throughout the world. Recent surveys by the National Institutes
of Health and the World Health Organization indicate that the incidence
of obesity is climbing at an alarming rate.
"This symposium will
highlight current thinking on the genetics, etiology, and treatment of
obesity and provide new information that may lead to more effective
treatments," says Michael Lehman, PhD, director of the Neuroscience
Graduate Program at the University of Cincinnati (UC) College of
Medicine. "Topics range from the interaction of body weight with
reproductive processes to the influence of nutrients in the brain."
speakers include: Rudolph L. Leibel, MD, Division of Molecular
Genetics, Department of Pediatrics, Columbia University College of
Physicians and Surgeons; David B. West, PhD, Parke-Davis Laboratory for
Molecular Genetics; Robert A. Steiner, PhD, Department of Physiology
Biophysics, University of Washington School of Medicine; Barry E.
Levin, MD, VA Medical Center, East Orange, NJ; Randy J. Seeley, PhD,
Department of Psychiatry, UC College of Medicine; Terry L. Powley, PhD,
Department of Psychology, Purdue University; John C. Peters, PhD,
Procter & Gamble Company; Daniel Porte, Jr., MD, Division of
Endocrinology and Metabolism, VA Medical Research Center, Seattle, WA.
is sponsored by UC's Neuroscience Graduate Program, the Office of
Continuing Medical Education, and Procter & Gamble. Co-sponsors
include the Office of the Vice President for Research, Office of the
Senior Vice President and Provost for Health Affairs and the
Departments of Cell Biology, Psychiatry, and Pediatrics. Neurofest will
be held in the Medical Sciences Building, 231 Bethesda Avenue, Room
7051. This event is geared toward neuroscientists, internists,
endocrinologists, basic science researchers, psychiatrists, and
psychologists as well as the public. For more information, call (513) 558-3197.