Auburn University’s Boshell Research Day Feb. 28 to focus on diabetes, obesity research

AUBURN UNIVERSITY – The Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine’s seventh annual Boshell Research Day will bring together experts to present research related to diabetes and the role of obesity in its development.

The Feb. 28 meeting at The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center will focus on research presentations and discussions on an interdisciplinary level “to bring everyone together under one umbrella to discuss significant ongoing research,” said Dr. Robert Judd, director of the Boshell Diabetes and Metabolic Disease Research Program and an associate professor in the College of Veterinary Medicine.

Speakers at the conference include Dr. Gerald I. Shulman, the George R. Cowgill Professor of Physiological Chemistry and co-director of the Yale Diabetes Research Center at the Yale University School of Medicine; and Dr. Thomas Gettys, a professor at Pennington Biomedical Research Center.

The banquet speaker will be Dr. Neil E. Schaffner, an endocrinologist with Primary Medicine Associates in Auburn.

Dr. Judd said on the Auburn campus, more than 40 faculty representing six colleges and schools conduct research on obesity and diabetes, and conferences like this provide an opportunity to bring investigators together and share their work with Auburn faculty and researchers from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and Vanderbilt University.

The mission of the Boshell Diabetes and Metabolic Diseases Research Program is to enhance the opportunities for diabetes research at Auburn University by facilitating cross-disciplinary scientific discussion, support the study of new ideas, fostering the development of investigators new to the field of diabetes and expand the overall base of diabetes investigation at the university.

Auburn University faculty are actively involved in diabetes research, addressing many facets of both type 1 and 2 diabetes, with particular focus on the cardiac, neurological and metabolic aspects of the disease.

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(Written by Janet McCoy.)

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