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Publish Date: 03/12/99
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Leading Researchers To Speak at Seventh Annual Cincinnati Neurofest

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."

Symposium 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.

Neurofest 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.

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