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Moving beyond BMI: Exploring the Heterogeneity of Obesity

Virtual Seminar
(1-5 p.m. ET)

Description

Obesity has risen to epidemic levels in the United States. People with this chronic disease often face higher health costs, more health complications, and reduced life expectancy. They also are at higher risk for certain health conditions, such as heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, and certain types of cancer. To better assess the health risks for obesity, health care providers need tools beyond the commonly used body mass index (BMI).

On May 5, 2022, the NHLBI will host a seminar on behalf of the NIH Obesity Research Task Force (ORTF). The virtual event convenes research experts who will explore the heterogeneity of obesity, including risk factors for its development and complications, its pathophysiology and response to treatment, as well as implications for implementing obesity preventions and treatments.

NHLBI Director Gary Gibbons, M.D., will provide opening remarks. Speaker topics include obesity and cardiovascular disease risk, genetic subclassification of obesity and its role in precision health, the role of adipocytes and adipose tissue metabolism in the heterogeneity of obesity, metabolically healthy versus unhealthy obesity, and the use of machine learning to identify intervention targets in children of immigrants and refugees who also have obesity.

The seminar is free and open to the public.

View the event flyer.

Watch the Videocast

NIH videocast will record and archive the seminar: https://videocast.nih.gov/watch=44967.

Contact

If you have questions about the event, contact Laurie Donze at laurie.donze@nih.gov.

For technical questions or difficulties, contact Amir Ahmadi at amir.ahmadi@nih.gov.

Individuals with disabilities who need sign language interpreters and/or reasonable accommodation to participate in this event should contact Jaime Smith at jaime.smith@nih.gov at least five days before the meeting to discuss your needs.

Agenda

1:00 p.m.
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Welcoming Remarks

Gary Gibbons, M.D.
Director, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, NIH
Bethesda, Md.

1:15 p.m.
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The Role of Adipocytes and Adipose Tissue Metabolism in the Heterogeneity of Obesity

Philipp E. Scherer, Ph.D.
Touchstone Diabetes Center, The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Dallas, Texas

1:45 p.m.
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Q & A / Discussion

1:55 p.m.
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Metabolically Healthy and Unhealthy Obesity

Samuel Klein, M.D.
Center for Human Nutrition, Washington University School of Medicine
St. Louis, Mo.

2:25 p.m.
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Q & A / Discussion

2:35 p.m.
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Metabolically Healthy Obesity and Cardiovascular Disease Risk: Fact or Fiction?

Yvonne Commodore-Mensah, Ph.D., MHN, RN
Johns Hopkins School of Nursing and Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Baltimore, Md.

3:05 p.m.
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Q & A / Discussion

3:15 p.m.
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Break

3:25 p.m.
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Genetic Subclassification of Obesity and its Role in Precision Health

Ruth Loos, Ph.D.
Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Basic Metabolic Research,
Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen
Copenhagen, Denmark

Professor, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
New York, NY

3:55 p.m.
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Q & A / Discussion

4:05 p.m.
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Heterogeneity of Obesity in Children from Diverse and Immigrant/Refugee Households: Using Machine Learning to Inform Intervention Targets

Jerica M. Berge, Ph.D., M.P.H., LMFT, CFLE
Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, University of Minnesota Medical School
Minneapolis, Minn.

Allan Tate, Ph.D.
Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, University of Georgia
Athens, Ga.

4:35 p.m.
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Q & A / Discussion

4:45 p.m.
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Closing Remarks/Adjourn

Select Speakers

photo of Jerica M. Berge
University of Minnesota Medical School
Dr. Berge is professor and vice chair for research in the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health at the University of Minnesota Medical School. Her talk covers the heterogeneity of obesity in children from diverse, immigrant, and refugee households.
Jerica M. Berge, Ph.D., M.P.H., LMFT, CFLE
photo of Yvonne Commodore-Mensah
Johns Hopkins School of Nursing and Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Dr. Commodore-Mensah is an assistant professor in the Department of Epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing. She will discuss cardiovascular disease risk in those considered metabolically healthy and who are obese.
Yvonne Commodore-Mensah, Ph.D., M.H.S., RN
photo of Dr. Gary Gibbons
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, National Institutes of Health
Dr. Gibbons is director of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md. He will provide opening remarks.
Gary Gibbons, M.D.
photo of Dr. Samuel Klein
Washington University School of Medicine
Dr. Klein is director of the centers for human nutrition and applied research sciences, directs the weight management program, and is chief of the Division of Geriatrics and Nutritional Sciences at Washington University School of Medicine. He will discuss metabolically health and unhealthy obesity.
Samuel Klein, M.D.
photo of Ruth Loos
University of Copenhagen, Denmark and Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Dr. Loos is vice executive director of the Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Basic Metabolic Research at the University of Copenhagen and professor at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Her talk focuses on the genetic subclassification of obesity and its role in precision health.
Ruth Loos, Ph.D.
photo of Philipp Scherer
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Dr. Scherer is professor and director of the Touchstone Diabetes Center and serves as interim chair of the Department of Cell Biology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. He will discuss the role of adipocytes and adipose tissue metabolism in the heterogeneity of obesity.
Philipp Scherer, Ph.D.
photo of Alan D. Tate
University of Georgia
Dr. Tate is a quantitative social epidemiologist and assistant professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the University of Georgia in Athens. His talk focuses on using machine learning for obesity intervention targets.
Allan D. Tate, Ph.D.