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Second Annual Neuroscience Symposium at Kent State University

The Neuroscience of Obesity

How do you keep the pounds off?

“Weight loss is hard, but keeping it off is harder,” was the message of keynote speaker Michael Rosenbaum, M.D., at the Second Annual Neuroscience Symposium at Kent State University, The Neuroscience of Obesity, held April 3-4 at the Kent State Hotel and Conference Center.

Rosenbaum, professor of clinical pediatrics and medicine at Columbia University Medical Center and an expert on obesity, said that 75 to 85 percent of those who lose weight will regain it within two years.

Poor will power and metabolism are not to blame, however. “Obesity is a biological disease,” he said. As the body sheds weight, the message delivered to the brain is to eat more, perhaps driven by the evolutionary advantage of being able to store food as fat.

“Your body is fighting against you,” he said. In his studies of weight loss, funded by the National Institutes of Health, Rosenbaum and colleagues found that the hormone leptin can have potent effects on stimulating appetite when its level drops with weight loss and damping appetite when leptin levels are high.

Sustaining weight loss requires permanent, significant changes in lifestyle, including reduced food intake even after the weight is lost and increased physical activity, he said.

Within 10 years, we should have better drugs for weight maintenance and better weight loss and maintenance therapies, made possible by personalized medicine, he predicted.

Save the Date!
Third Annual Neuroscience Symposium at Kent State University
The Neuroscience of Aging

April 9-10, 2015, Kent State University Hotel and Conference Center

Keynote Speaker: Mark Mattson, chief and senior investigator, Laboratory of Neurosciences, National Institute of Aging

Symposium organizers with the keynote speaker at the poster session

At the poster session of Neuroscience of Obesity were (l to r) Grant McGimpsey, Ph.D., vice president for research at Kent State; Heather Caldwell, Ph.D., associate professor of biological sciences and symposium chair, and Michael Rosenbaum, M.D., keynote speaker.


audience at the 2014 Neuroscience Symposium
The symposium audience included area clinicians, faculty and students.

Second Annual Water Research Symposium at Kent State University

Water Infrastructure and Rebounding Cities

Oct. 30-31, 2014

Kent State University Hotel and Conference Center

Save the date for the second Kent State research symposium on water. Speakers will include Kent State researchers and Maria Carmen Lemos, professor at the University of Michigan School of Natural Resources and Environment, and Bill Shuster, research hydrologist for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Lemos's research focuses on water management in the Great Lakes and elsewhere and adapting to climate variability. Shuster's work involves designing and testing green infrastructure approaches to urban storm water management, exploring neighborhood and residential technologies such as rain gardens and rain barrels and how they contribute to sustainability.


The Annual Kent State University Symposium on Aging

Life in the Balance -- Fall  Prevention

Nov. 13, 2014

Kent State University Hotel and Conference Center

Join us for the first Kent State research symposium on aging, a multidisciplinary look at fall prevention. Along with talks by Kent State researchers, speakers will include Jon Pynoos, co-director of the University of Southern California Fall Prevention Center of Excellence, and Judy Stevens, senior epidemiologist from the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC). The keynote speaker is Laurence Rubenstein, president of the Gerontological Society and professor and chairman of the Donald W. Reynolds Department of Geriatric Medicine at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine.

Rubenstein, a renowned fall prevention expert, will present an overview of the current state of fall prevention research. Pynoos, an expert on supportive housing and home modification, will speak on fall prevention in the home. Stevens, a national expert on older adult falls, will speak about fall prevention in the community. She provides technical assistance and oversight to NCIPC-funded studies by universities and state health departments that develop, implement and evaluate senior fall prevention programs.