Seminars & Events

Weekly PDF list of seminars and programs sponsored and/or co-sponsored by the Center as well as other offerings that are not related to the Center. Please email the Center Administrator ( if you would like to be added to this mailing list.

Inaugural Meeting of the Nutrition Obesity Research Club
Saturday October 27, 2018, 9:30am-4:30pm has been cancelled due to low registration.



We are proposing a joint NORC initiative with TOS consistent with our shared commitment to work together and foster greater interactivity. The goal is to provide a high-level focus on “Environmental Influences on Adipose Tissue,” one of our NORC’s themes. This effort reflects discussion and collaboration with other NORC Directors and TOS leadership with a goal to promote multi- and interdisciplinary research collaborations among Center and TOS members with shared interests in environmental influences on health and metabolic disease.

Tuesday (11/13) – 3:30pm – 5:00pm
Music City Center, Room 202 A-C, Level 2
1.50 Credits Available – CME
Chair: Jerrold Heindel, PhD
Scientific Session: Joint Session, Symposia, Track 1: Metabolism and Integrative Physiology

3:30pm Opening Comments – Gregory Germino, MD
3:35pm Introduction – Jerrold Heindel, PhD
4:10pm Perinatal Impact of Maternal Obesity on Adipogenic Potential – Paul S MacLean, PhD
4:35pm Sensing and Signaling Systems Linking Dietary Methionine Restriction to Remodeling of Adipose Tissue – Thomas W Gettys, PhD


Seminar Series/Study Group Listings

Ongoing Enrichment Activities

  • BNORC hosts an Annual Program or Retreat that provides an opportunity for Center members and other Boston area investigators and clinicians to participate in scientific exchange. This program includes participation of all currently-funded Pilot and Feasibility investigators and is attended by the Center’s Scientific Advisory Committee.
  • Obesity Medicine Interhospital Rounds is a conference series, which is a collaborative effort among the obesity treatment programs at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston Children’s Hospital, Boston Medical Center, Massachusetts General Hospital, Tufts Medical Center and the University of Massachusetts Medical Center. It will be held Wednesday evenings from 6:30-8:00 pm approximately 6 times per year, rotating to a different hospital for each session.
  • Annual symposium or workshop organized by one of the four core laboratories. These programs are intended to provide an educational forum for new and established investigators in the area(s) of expertise of the responsible core laboratory.
  • Participation in the ongoing Continuing Medical Education course co-sponsored by Harvard Medical School, Tufts University School of Medicine, and the NAASO: The Obesity Society to transfer the latest information on the causes, consequences and treatment of obesity to the practicing physician. Participation of Center members in the course provides expertise not readily available elsewhere. In addition, BNORC’s inclusion in the CME course helps to promote the identity of the Center and establishes the Center as a resource for expertise in obesity related activities.
  • BNORC Adipose and Metabolic Study Group Seminars (ABM Core): The Study Group meeting includes research seminars and presentations of research in progress and grant proposals for critical review. These bi-monthly meetings are held at BUSM.
  • Obesity Journal Club (Clinical and Community Research Core): The Obesity Journal Club meets semi-weekly at TUSM to review papers published in biomedical journal that relate to obesity in population settings. Occasionally, the hour is used for doctoral students to present and get feedback on work in progress.
  • Epidemiology Working Group Sponsored Seminars (Epidemiology and Genetics Core): This seminar series is held at T.H. Chan Harvard School of Public Health and highlights a guest lecturer in a related field.

Description of Educational Opportunities

Please note that the Center’s Administrative Core distributes a weekly list of local enrichment activities related to nutrition and obesity via email to BNORC members and others who have expressed an interest. This list includes seminars and programs that are sponsored and/or co-sponsored by the Center as well as other offerings that are not related to the Center. Please email the Center Administrator ( if you would like to be added to this list.