13th Annual Post-Grad Nutrition Symposium – Harvard Medical School

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Division of Nutrition

Website: nutrition.med.harvard.edu/ & nutrition.med.harvard.edu/webcast.html


Do you control your brain or does your brain control you?

Daniel Tosteson Medical Education Center

Carl Walter Amphitheater (2nd Floor)

Harvard Medical School

260 Longwood Avenue


Presented by

The Division of Nutrition and Harvard Clinical Nutrition Research Center
 HARVARD MEDICAL SCHOOL in conjunction with
 The Department of Nutrition HARVARD SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH and 
The Boston Nutrition Obesity Research Center BOSTON UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF MEDICINE


Wednesday, July 13, 2011
7:30 AM Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:00 Welcome W. Allan Walker, M.D.
Conrad Taff Professor of Nutrition and Pediatrics; Director, Division of Nutrition, Harvard Medical School; Director, Mucosal Immunology Laboratory; Massachusetts General Hospital
SESSION IA – Basic Science: How the Brain Can Influence Food Intake Moderator: 
Alvaro Pascual-Leone, M.D., Ph.D.
8:10 Overview-Neurology
“Objectives of the Symposium” Miguel Alonso-Alonso, M.D., M.Phil.
Instructor in Neurology, Harvard Medical School; Berenson-Allen Center for Noninvasive Brain Stimulation, Department of Neurology, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
8:40 “Learning and the Motivation to Eat: Brain and Behavior” Gorica Petrovich, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Boston College
9:10 “Multiple Mechanisms for Reward-Learning in the Brain: Relevance to Food Intake” John P. O’Doherty, D.Phil.
Professor of Psychology, Division of the Humanities and Social Sciences, California Institute of Technology
9:40 Coffee Break
SESSION IB – Basic Science: How the Brain Can Influence Food Intake Moderator:
Alvaro Pascual-Leone, M.D., Ph.D.
10:00 “Social Networks and Its Potential Influence in Obesity” Ross A. Hammond, Ph.D.
Senior Fellow, Economics Studies Program; Director, Center on Social Dynamics and Policy, The Brookings Institution
10:30 “Neural Basis of Food Intake Regulation” Dana Small, Ph.D.
Associate Fellow, John B. Pierce Laboratory; Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Yale University School of Medicine
11:00 Roundtable Discussion
11:45 Luncheon
SESSION IIA – Cognitive Function and Regulation of Food Choices Moderator: Steven Heymsfield, M.D.
12:45 “Neural Basis of Food Choice Decision-making” Antonio Rangel, Ph.D.
Professor of Economics, California Institute of Technology; Director of the Neuroeconomics Laboratory; Co-Director of the Caltech Brain Imaging Center
1:15 “Automatic Effects of Food Marketing on Eating Behaviors and Attitude” Jennifer Harris, Ph D , MBA
Director of Marketing Initiatives; Associate Research Scientist, Rudd Center of Food Policy and Obesity, Yale University
1:45 “Thought for Food: How Imagined Consumption Reduces Actual Consumption” Carey K. Morewedge, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Social and Decision Sciences, Department of Social and Decision Sciences, Carnegie Mellon University
2:15 Coffee Break
SESSION IIB – Cognitive Function and Regulation of Food Choices Moderator: 
George l. Blackburn, M.D., Ph.D.
2:30 “Effects of Exercise on Brain and Cognitive Function” Kirk Erickson, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Pittsburgh
3:00 “Self-Regulation/Impulse Control” Kathleen D. Vohs, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Marketing; McKnight Land-Grant Professor and McKnight Presidential Fellow, University of Minnesota
3:30 Roundtable Discussion
4:30 Closing remarks
Thursday, July 14, 2011
7:30 am Registration and Continental Breakfast
SESSION IIIA – Translational Initiatives 
for Obesity Prevention Moderator: Jason Riis, Ph.D.
8:00 “Combating the Sugar, Salt and Fat Addiction” David Kessler, M.D., J.D.
Professor of Pediatrics Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Department of Pediatrics, University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine
8:30 “Mindless Eating: Why We Eat More Than We Think” Brian C. Wansink, Ph.D.
John Dyson Endowed Chair, Applied Economics and Management Department; Director Food and Brand Lab, Cornell University
9:00 “MIT Media Lab Objects that Help People Think about Their Actions and Change Their Behavior Sajid Sadi, Ph.D. Candidate
Media Laboratory, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
9:30 Coffee Break
SESSION IIIB – Translational Initiatives
for Obesity Prevention Moderator: Jason Riis, Ph.D.
9:50 “Successful Strategies” Len Tacconi (invited)
Global Commercial Leader, Mobile Health at Merck
10:20 “Successful Strategies” Charles Teague
CEO, Lose It!; Technologist in Residence at General Catalyst Partners
10:50 Roundtable Discussion
11:30 Closing Remarks Christie Hager, J.D., MPH
Regional Director, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Region I,
Let’s Move!
12:00 Symposium Adjourns



For questions or further information,
please contact Ashley Hart at 703-841-1600
or pmk@pmkassociates.com.

This Symposium will be
 WEBCAST in its entirety following the event.

Harvard Medical School developed the Division of Nutrition in 1996 in order to establish nutrition as a discipline. The purpose of this Division was to coordinate nutrition activities between the medical school and the Harvard teaching hospitals, including research, teaching, postgraduate education and patient care.

The Division was also urged to provide the lay public with updated medical information about what constitutes a healthy diet, the importance of dietary supplements, and the use of nutritional support in the management of clinical disease.To help accomplish these goals, and to support the Department of Nutrition, a NIH-funded clinical nutrition research center was founded.

In conjunction with the Department of Nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health, two postgraduate training programs have been established and funded by the National Institutes of Health to train physicians and graduate students in nutrition research.

A nutrition subcommittee of the medical school curriculum committee advises the Dean of Education on modifications in the curriculum to enhance nutrition education for medical students. Monthly seminars and a yearly postgraduate symposium provide physicians and nutritionists with updated nutrition information. In addition, links to the latest nutrition information are available for practicing physicians and the public to directly obtain the most recent views on nutrition in health and disease.

The 13th Annual Postgraduate Nutrition Symposium:
Your Brain Can Help You Eat Better
July 13 – 14, 2011

DON Director W. Allan Walker Receives 
The 2008 Macy-Gyorgy Award

Click HERE for information and to hear Dr. Walker’s lecture.

13th Annual Post-Grad Nutrition Symposium – Harvard Medical School
Ιουνίου 13, 2011
Ιουνίου 14, 2011
Harvard Medical School