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The 2010 Texas Obesity Research Center Conference "Advancing Obesity Research in a New Decade" was held on November 18-19, 2010 in the Elizabeth D. Rockwell Pavilion, MD Anderson Library at University of Houston. The keynote address was delivered by Dr. Michael Goran, Director, Childhood Obesity Research Center, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California.

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Dr. Michael Goran giving the keynote address at the 2010 TORC conference.
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UH news featured the conference in an article titled "Researchers, Policymakers Gather to Discuss Obesity in the New Decade", below is an excerpt from the article:

State Rep. Carol Alvarado will join a panel of experts to discuss health care reform and obesity. Participants also will hear about "Nightclub Cardio," a workout set to nightclub music.

"Obesity is a national health crisis," said Dr. Kathryn Peek, assistant vice president of university health initiatives. "By bringing together researchers from a variety of fields, UH's TORC is emerging as a national leader in finding workable solutions for the obesity epidemic."

Images from Graduation Day, December 2010:

Below is a listing of various speakers and discussion panels at the conference.

  • Welcome from TORC Director Rebecca E. Lee, PhD. Associate Professor of Nutrition, Department Health and Human Performance, Director, Texas Obesity Research Center, University of Houston

  • UH Health Initiatives: Education, Research and Community Engagement
    Kathryn Peek, PhD. Assistant Vice President, University Health Initiatives, University of Houston

  • Keynote Speaker: The Future of Childhood Obesity Research
    Michael I. Goran, PhD. Director, Childhood Obesity Research Center, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California

Panel 1: Clinical and Translational Research

  • Janet Buckworth, PhD. Associate Professor, College of Education and Human Ecology, Ohio State University

  • Romi Ghose, PhD. Assistant Professor, Pharmacological and Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Houston

  • Lovell Jones, PhD. Director, Center for Research on Minority Health, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

  • Leigh Leasure, PhD. Director, Behavioral Neuroscience Lab, Associate Professor,Department of Psychology, University of Houston

  • Evangelina Villagomez, Ph.D. Research Scientist, The Methodist Hospital Research Institute-Center for Diabetes Research Division of Medicine

Panel 2: Community Based Research

  • Baker Harrell, MEd. Founder & CEO, Active Life Movement

  • Deanna M. Hoelscher, PhD. Professor of Health Promotion, University of Texas School of Public Health

  • Lucie Levesque, PhD. Associate Professor, Kinesiology and Health Studies, Queen's University

  • Lorna McNeill, PhD. Assistant Professor, Department of Health Disparities Research, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

  • Jason A. Mendoza, MD, MPH. Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Baylor College of Medicine

  • Salud Familia: Latino Children’s Wellness Program
    Nicolás Kanellos, PhD. Professor of Hispanic Literature, Department of Hispanic Studies, University of Houston

  • Fit, Fabulous, & Free
    Cherita Andrews, BA. Founder of Fit, Fabulous & Free

Debate and Discussion: Obesity and Health Care Reform

  • Carol Alvarado, MBA. Texas State Representative, District 145

  • Charles Begley, PhD. Professor of Management and Policy Sciences, School of Public Health, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

  • Henry Brown, PhD. Associate Professor of Health Economics, Michael & Susan Dell Center for Advancement of Healthy Living Institute for Health Policy

  • John Lunstroth, PhD. Adjunct Professor of Law, University of Houston Law Center


Visit the Conference home page on the TORC website