UAMS to Host the Arkansas Obesity Scientific Symposium Dec. 11

By Liz Caldwell

The sessions begin at 8 a.m. and run through 5:15 p.m. in the 12th-floor auditorium at the UAMS Jackson T. Stephens Spine & Neurosciences. Sessions include the biology of obesity, obesity and medicine, obesity and physical activity, obesity and nutrition, and obesity and public health/education. There also will be a number of panel discussions and question-and-answer sessions.

Cost to attend is $60 with meals on-site. Off-site video conferencing options are available throughout Arkansas ($30 per person or $150 per off-site). To register and view the agenda, visit For more information and to learn about opportunities for off-site participation, contact Mahendran Mahadevan, Ph.D., a professor in obstetrics and gynecology, reproductive endocrinology and genetics in the UAMS College of Medicine and director of the Assisted Reproductive Technology Labs at UAMS, at

It is sponsored by the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, UAMS Translational Research Institute, Arkansas Biosciences Institute, Arkansas Research Alliance, National Center for Toxicological Research and the Arkansas Department of Health.

The symposium features five world-renowned obesity experts including Clement Cheung, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor in the Center for Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and USC; Andrew A. Bremer, M.D., Ph.D., director of Diabetes Program at the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK); Glenn Gaesser, Ph.D., professor and director of the Healthy Life Styles Research Center at Arizona State University; Jim Kaput, Ph.D., senior scientific advisor and head of Clinical Translational Unit at Nestle Institute of Health Sciences in Switzerland; and John Peters, Ph.D., professor and director of the Colorado Nutrition Obesity Research Center.

The symposium will precede an event at the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute on Dec. 12- 13 where selected obesity experts and key executives have been invited to develop a 10-year plan for combatting obesity in Arkansas.

UAMS is the state's only health sciences university, with colleges of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Health Professions and Public Health; a graduate school; hospital; a main campus in Little Rock; a Northwest Arkansas regional campus in Fayetteville; a statewide network of regional campuses; and seven institutes: the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute, Jackson T. Stephens Spine & Neurosciences Institute, Harvey & Bernice Jones Eye Institute, Psychiatric Research Institute, Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging, Translational Research Institute and Institute for Digital Health & Innovation. UAMS includes UAMS Health, a statewide health system that encompasses all of UAMS' clinical enterprise including its hospital, regional clinics and clinics it operates or staffs in cooperation with other providers. UAMS is the only adult Level 1 trauma center in the state. U.S. News & World Report named UAMS Medical Center the state's Best Hospital; ranked its ear, nose and throat program among the top 50 nationwide; and named six areas as high performing — cancer, colon cancer surgery, heart failure, hip replacement, knee replacement and lung cancer surgery. UAMS has 2,727 students, 870 medical residents and five dental residents. It is the state's largest public employer with more than 10,000 employees, including 1,200 physicians who provide care to patients at UAMS, its regional campuses, Arkansas Childrens Hospital, the VA Medical Center and Baptist Health. Visit or Find us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube or Instagram.