10th Annual Metabolism, Obesity and Diabetes Research Symposium


Start 7 October, 2022, 8 AM

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Our 10th Annual Metabolism, Obesity and Diabetes Research Symposium is titled "Exercise Metabolism in Health and Disease". We are thrilled to be able to host this event in person on October 7, 2022 in the Farncombe Atrium at McMaster University.

Call for Abstracts!

We are now accepting Graduate Student & Postdoctoral Fellow abstracts related to Exercise Metabolism for oral presentation at our MODR Symposium on October 7 2022. Please submit abstracts to modr@mcmaster.ca by September 23, 2022.


Dr. Darell Neufer - East Carolina University

Darrell Neufer is a native of Boston, Massachusetts, attended West Virginia Wesleyan College as an undergraduate, received a M.S. degree in Exercise Physiology from Ball State University (1986), a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from East Carolina University (93), and completed postdoctoral training in Molecular Biology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center (1993-1996). From 1996-2006, he was an Assistant/Associate Professor with the John B. Piece Laboratory and the Department of Cellular and Molecular Physiology at Yale University. During the early phase of his career, his laboratory investigated the basic mechanisms regulating metabolic gene expression in skeletal muscle, working closely for several years with Bengt Saltin and the Copenhagen Muscle Research Center. In 2004, the lab’s research focus shifted to mitochondrial bioenergetics and its role in metabolic health and disease. In 2006, Dr. Neufer returned to East Carolina University where he is currently the Director of the East Carolina Diabetes & Obesity Institute and Professor in the Departments of Physiology, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, and Kinesiology. He has been funded continuously by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), published >140 peer reviewed papers and book chapters, chaired two NIH study sections, and chaired the organizing committees for the 2012 and 2016 Integrative Biology of Exercise conferences.

Dr. Jørgen Wojtaszewski - University of Copenhagen

Prof. Dr. Jørgen Wojtaszewski achieved the degree of Ph.D. in Natural Science in 1997 based on the thesis entitled: Signalling transduction in exercise and insulin-stimulated glucose transport in skeletal muscle. He completed his postdoctoral training in physiology and molecular physiology at the Copenhagen Muscle Research Center (University of Copenhagen), and at Joslin Diabetes Center, Harvard University in Boston. Jørgen Wojtaszewski was appointed senior research officer at the Copenhagen Muscle Research Center in 2003. In 2004 he was appointed associate professor, and in 2008 professor at the August Krogh Section for Molecular Physiology, Department of Exercise and Sport Sciences at the University of Copenhagen. Today Jørgen Wojtaszewski is Heading the section (www.nexs.ku.dk ).

His research focuses on the mechanisms by which physical activity promotes metabolic health; specifically investigating the role of the energy sensor AMP activated protein kinase in promoting adaptations to exercise training and to a single bout of exercise. For now more than 20 years he examines the interaction between exercise-induced signaling events and those induced by insulin elaborating the mechanisms by which a single bout of exercise can improve muscle insulin sensitivity. Jørgen Wojtaszewski has authored more than 220 original papers as well as more than 25 review articles in the area of metabolism and cellular signaling.

For more insights, please see https://nexs.ku.dk/english/staff/?pure=en/persons/53236

Dr. Laurie GoodyearJoslin Diabetes Centre Harvard Medical School

Dr. Laurie Goodyear is Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Senior Investigator and Co-Head of the Section on Integrative Physiology and Metabolism and the Joslin Diabetes Center. Dr. Goodyear is a leading expert in the field of exercise science, making numerous discoveries that have led to understanding molecular mechanisms by which exercise improves health. Her lab has published over 200 papers, she has mentored approximately 100 students and post-doctoral fellows, and her work has been continuously funded by the NIH. In the last several years her lab has published several important papers demonstrating the beneficial effects of maternal and paternal exercise on the metabolic health of offspring and the role of adipose tissue in mediating the effects of exercise training on metabolism.

Dr. Mark Tarnopolsky - McMaster University