UAMS to Offer Free Seminar on Viruses and Obesity Dec. 10

By Susan Van Dusen

The seminar will be held in Room G/219 of the UAMS College of Public Health Building and is part of a monthly series offered by the Department of Dietetics and Nutrition in the UAMS College of Health Related Professions.

Featured speaker will be Richard L. Atkinson, M.D., clinical professor of pathology at Virginia Commonwealth University and director of Obetech Obesity Research Center in Richmond, Va. Atkinson also is editor of the International Journal of Obesity.

The Department of Dietetics and Nutrition offers a Dietetic Internship Program and a Master’s degree program in clinical nutrition. Research in the department is exploring the possible links between obesity and cancer.

UAMS is the state’s only comprehensive academic health center, with five colleges, a graduate school, a new 540,000-square-foot hospital, six centers of excellence and a statewide network of regional centers. UAMS has 2,775 students and 748 medical residents. Its centers of excellence include the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute, the Jackson T. Stephens Spine & Neurosciences Institute, the Myeloma Institute for Research and Therapy, the Harvey & Bernice Jones Eye Institute, the Psychiatric Research Institute and the Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging. It is the state’s largest public employer with more than 10,000 employees, including nearly 1,150 physicians who provide medical care to patients at UAMS, Arkansas Children’s Hospital, the VA Medical Center and UAMS’ Area Health Education Centers throughout the state. Visit or