Auburn University’s Boshell Diabetes Research Day to feature top experts on obesity

AUBURN – Auburn University will hold the fifth annual Boshell Diabetes Research Day on Friday, March 2, at The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center, featuring some of the nation’s top diabetes and obesity researchers.

The meeting features research presentations throughout the day and evening. Highlights will include American science writer Gary Taubes, bestselling author of “Why We Get Fat” and “Good Calories, Bad Calories,” who will discuss his theory that certain kinds of carbohydrates have led to our current obesity epidemic; keynote speaker Randy Seeley, director of the Cincinnati Diabetes and Obesity Center, who will speak on novel insights into the brain regulation of energy balance; and Wendy Demark-Wahnefried, Webb Endowed Chair of Nutrition Sciences at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, who will talk about the role of obesity in the development of various cancers and on the role of nutrition in cancer survival.

The registration fee for Research Day is $50 for Boshell program members and $100 for nonmembers. Students and postdoctoral fellows may attend at no cost.

The evening banquet with author Gary Taubes will begin at 6:30 p.m. and is open to the public. Seating is limited. Tickets are $25 per person and include dinner, music and dancing, and a book signing with Taubes. For more information, a meeting schedule, and to purchase tickets online, go to

The Boshell Diabetes and Metabolic Diseases Research Program at Auburn University is dedicated to improving the lives of all people with diabetes through world-class basic science investigation into the etiology and treatment of diabetes and other metabolic diseases. Robert Judd, associate professor of pharmacology at the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine, serves as program chair.

The program was established by the Diabetes Trust Fund in 2003 to honor the late Buris R. Boshell, a 1947 Auburn College of Agriculture graduate who attended the veterinary college for two years before transferring to Harvard Medical School. He served on the faculty of the University of Alabama at Birmingham Medical Center and was instrumental in establishing its Diabetes Research and Education Hospital. He also built the Boshell Diabetes and Endocrine Center in Birmingham.

At Auburn, funds generated by the Boshell endowment enhance the university’s research efforts to improve the lives of people as well as pets, which are also susceptible to diabetes, through investigation into the causes and treatment of diabetes and other metabolic diseases.

(Contributed by Tara Lanier.)

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