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Going Beyond featuring Colin O'Brady

 

Colin O'BradyWhen: Tuesday, October 4th @ 12:00 PM EDT - 1:00 PM EDT
Where: JHSPH, 615 N. Wolfe Street, Baltimore, MD 21205, W1214 (Sheldon Hall)
Speaker: Colin O'Brady
Topic: A journey from conquering the Explorers Grand Slam to tackling childhood obesity

Colin O'Brady will cover his 139-day world record setting journey to conquer the Explorers Grand Slam, a mountaineering challenge to climb the Seven Summits, the tallest mountain on every continent, and ski the last degree to the North and South Poles.

Now, Colin is interested in a new challenge- fighting against childhood obesity. 

Colin will discuss the personal tragedy that lead him to attempting this feat, overcoming obstacles and the setbacks he encountered both before and during the journey, the power of dreaming big and believing in yourself, the benefits of a healthy lifestyle and getting outdoors, and the dedication and commitment of a team to accomplish a goal.

Come listen, interact and be inspired!

Must RSVP by Friday, September 30th to attend.

For further information, please see here.


Removing ‘Humans’ from ‘Health’ through Maori Environmental Physical Activity Seminar

 

ihiWhen: Wednesday, September 14th @ 12:00 PM EDT - 1:00 PM EDT
Where: JHSPH, 615 N. Wolfe Street, Baltimore, MD 21205, W3008
Speaker: Dr. Ihi Heke
Topic: Using systems science in the Maori environment

Mainstream Systems Science Dynamics and Group Model Building suggests that an individual or group’s poor health outcomes may be traced back to the systems that they interact with. This discussion will generate some insight into validating centuries old Maori processes known as whakapapa.

If the Maori tribe is able to move away from a health focus and instead prioritize knowledge transferal through environmental awareness, then they may be able to remove deficit based information that has traditionally failed to engage previously. 

For more information, please see here.


BRIDGE Webinar Series

 

shawn brownWhen: Wednesday, July 20th, 2016 @ 11:00 AM EDT - 12:15 PM EDT
Speaker: Shawn Brown
Topic: Agent-based Modeling in Public Health Decision Making

Shawn Brown, Director of Public Health Applications at the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center, discusses several examples of agent-based modeling use and how they provide decision support and advocacy for public health issues.

For more information, please see here.


BRIDGE Webinar Series

 

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When: Thursday, June 9th, 2016 @ 11:00 AM EDT - 12:15 PM EDT
Speaker: Laurette Dubé, Lesley Fellows and Doina Precup
Topic: The Brain-to-Society (BtS) Model of Choice: The Power and Limit of Computational Reinforcement Learning in Accounting for Human Decision Making and Behavior

Speakers Laurette Dubé, Lesley Fellows and Doina Precup will discuss the BtS model of individual choice and examine human decision making from a whole-brain perspective, across a rich diversity of dynamic real-world contexts.

Dube, Fellows and Precup will also report on early agent-based model and demonstrate its limited ability to reproduce real-world behavior (eating) in changing contexts (food environment) in a child birth cohort.

For more information, please see here.


Taxes on Energy-Dense Foods

 

john cawley head shotWhen: Thursday, May 19th @ 12:00 PM EDT - 1:15 PM EDT
Where: JHSPH, 615 N. Wolfe Street, Baltimore, MD 21205, Paige Hall W2030
Speaker: John Cawley, PhD
Topic: Sugar-sweetened beverage taxes and incentivizing nutritious diets

Dr. John Cawley will examine how consumers respond to price incentives for nutritious relative to less-nutritious foods, and whether the framing of the price incentive as a subsidy for nutritious food or a tax on non-nutritious food influences consumers’ responses.

Dr. Cawley will also cover an analysis of the sugar-sweetened beverage (SSB) tax that was passed in Berkeley, California in November 2014.

For more information regarding this event, please contact Sarah Rebbert.

To RSVP, please email globalobesity@jhu.edu.


The Aspen Institute's 2016 Project Play Summit

 

kids runningWhen: Tuesday, May 17th, 2016
Where: Washington, DC
Speakers: Bruce Lee, Renata Simril, Jamie Schmill, Sara Couppas, and Laurence Chalip
Topic: Model Communities: How to build local coalitions?

Dr. Bruce Lee joins a team of experts at the Aspen Institute's Project Play Summit to discuss how to build local coaltions in efforts to promote youth sports and physical activity.

For more information regarding this event, please see here.


2016 Marija Dokmanovic Memorial Lecture

 

tim moranWhen: Thursday, May 12th, 2016
Where: Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, 630 W 168th St, New York, NY 10032
Speaker: Timothy H. Moran, PhD
Topic: Gut Peptide Satiety Signaling

Dr. Timothy Moran, Co-Associate Director of the GOPC, will be speaking at this years Naomi Berrie Diabetes Conference at Columbia University. Dr. Moran will be giving the Marija Dokmanovic Memorial Lecture on Gut Peptide Satiety Signaling.


The Social & Affective Neuroscience Society

 

brainWhen: Thursday, April 28th - Saturday, April 30th, 2016
Where: Greenwich Village at New York University, 44 West 4th Street, New York, NY 10012
Speakers: Susan Carnell, PhD & Leora Benson, MS

Dr. Susan Carnell and Leora Benson travel to the big apple to present about some of their findings regarding child and adolescent obesity. One presentation will focus on results they've gathered from a new food cue evaluation task, and another on what the brain is doing when you experience wanting to eat something.

The food cue task tested brain responses that were triggered by pictures of high-calorie and low-calorie foods. This presentation will reveal how responses in brain areas associated with self-regulation differ between healthy and obese adolescents.

The other presentation will discuss the neural correlates of adolescents’ self-reported ‘wanting’ of various foods.


Three approaches for studying obesity determinants: Machine Learning, Epigenetics and Geospatial Analysis

 

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Where: United Kingdom
Speaker: Jocelyn Dunstan, PhD

Jocelyn Dunstan, PhD, a postdoctoral student at the Global Obesity Prevention Center (GOPC), is traveling to the United Kingdom to present different approaches for studying obesity determinants. Dr. Dunstan will be presenting preliminary findings of three projects that she is pursuing at the GOPC:


BRIDGE Webinar Series

 

Alan Evans HeadshotWhen: Thursday, April 21st, 2016 @ 11:00 AM EDT - 12:15 PM EDT
Speaker: Alan Evans
Topic: CBRAIN: A national high-performance computational infrastructure for brain research

Bridges is a new kind of supercomputer being built at the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC) to empower new research communities, bring desktop convenience to supercomputing, expand campus access and help researchers facing challenges in Big Data to work more intuitively.

The BRIDGE webinar series is designed to prepare for the next generation of big data analytics, woven into transdisciplinary and intersectoral sciences, policy and innovation, serving as catalyst for solutions at scale to better address the seemingly intractable problems that lie at the nexus of health and wealth production, distribution and consumption.

This webinar will describe a pan-Canadian and international platform for conducting brain research and illustrate its use in neurodevelopment, neurodegeneration, anatomy and imaging-genetics.

To join the webinar, please click here.

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Experimental Biology Conference 2016

 

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BRIDGE Webinar Series

 

Bridges Speaker J BusemeyerWhen: Thursday, March 3rd, 2016 @ 1:00 PM EDT - 2:00 PM EDT
Speaker: Jerome Busemeyer, PhD
Topic: Applications of Quantum Theory Outside of Physics: A multi-dimensional Hilbert space model for data fusion

Bridges is a new kind of supercomputer being built at the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC) to empower new research communities, bring desktop convenience to supercomputing, expand campus access and help researchers facing challenges in Big Data to work more intuitively.

The BRIDGE webinar series is designed to prepare for the next generation of big data analytics, woven into transdisciplinary and intersectoral sciences, policy and innovation, serving as catalyst for solutions at scale to better address the seemingly intractable problems that lie at the nexus of health and wealth production, distribution and consumption.

To join the webinar, please click here.

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George G. Graham Lecture

 

Ben C HeadshotWhen: Thursday, February 25th, 2016 @ 4:30 PM EDT - 6:00 PM EDT
Where: JHSPH, 615 N. Wolfe Street, Baltimore, MD 21205, Sheldon Hall. Reception to follow.
Topic: Blindness, Weight Fluctuation, and Chronic Disease in Cuba: A Twenty Year Natural Experiment
Speaker: Benjamin Caballero, MD, PhD, MSc

For more information on this lecture and other International Health Centennial Events, please see here.


BRIDGE Webinar Series

 

Bridges Speaker N NystromWhen: Thursday, February 11th, 2016 @ 11:00 AM EDT - 12:15 PM EDT
Speaker: Nicholas A. Nystrom, PhD

Bridges is a new kind of supercomputer being built at the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC) to empower new research communities, bring desktop convenience to supercomputing, expand campus access and help researchers facing challenges in Big Data to work more intuitively.

The BRIDGE webinar series is designed to prepare for the next generation of big data analytics, woven into transdisciplinary and intersectoral sciences, policy and innovation, serving as catalyst for solutions at scale to better address the seemingly intractable problems that lie at the nexus of health and wealth production, distribution and consumption.

To join the webinar, please click here.

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Indigenous Solutions for Global Health Issues Seminar

 

ngata hsihiWhen: Thursday, November 12th @ 12:00 PM EDT - 1:00 PM EDT
Where: JHSPH, 615 N. Wolfe Street, Baltimore, MD 21205, Room W4030
Topic: Exploring solutions to the rise in global obesity rates
Speaker: Dr Ihirangi Heke & Dr Wayne Ngata

 

Global obesity rates are now the most significant threat to Māori tribe and indeed all indigenous peoples today. Dr Ihirangi Heke & Dr Wayne Ngata are exploring solutions to confront and impede the rate of indigenous obesity.

Central to this is the notion that we revisit and reinstate ancient Environmental Science practices alongside mainstream Systems Science with the aim to improve the health outcomes of Māori people. This lecture will discuss these practices as a contemporary indigenous response to a global epidemic and how indigenous frameworks of practice can motivate change behavior and healthy outcomes for indigenous peoples.


Obesity Week 2015 - (TOS) The Obesity Society

 

When: Monday, November 2nd - Saturday November 7th, 2015
Where: Los Angeles Convention Center, 1201 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90015

The Global Obesity Prevention Center (GOPC) will have faculty, staff, and students attending and presenting at this year's TOS Obesity Week. Dr. Tim Moran, Associate Director of the GOPC, will be one of the keynote speakers and several of our staff and students will have poster presentations.


APHA Annual Meeting

When: Monday, November 2nd, 2015
Where: McCormick Place, 2301 S. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago IL

The APHA's (American Public Health Association) Annual Meeting in Chicago brings together more than 12,000 public health professionals from the US and abroad to share the latest research and information, promote best practices, and advocate for public health policies grounded in research.

Bruce Y. Lee, MD, MBA, Director of the GOPC, Yeeli Mui, MPH, Senior Analyst at the GOPC, and selected External Collaborators will be hosting a panel in the CHPPD (Community Health Planning & Policy Development) section of the APHA's Annual Meeting called A Systems Approach to Curb Obesity: Innovation, integration, and health in all policies.

For more information, please click here.


Neal Baer's Telling Tales: How Stories Can Improve Our Health

neal baer headshotWhen: Monday, September 21st, 2015 @ 12:15 PM - 2:00 PM
Where: JHSPH, 615 N. Wolfe Street, Baltimore, MD 21205, Room E2014 Sommer Hall
Speaker: Neal Baer, MD

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Neal Baer, MD will be visiting our Global Obesity Prevention Center to discuss how his work as a pediatrician and television writer on ER, Law and Order: SVU and Under the Dome have influenced the way he tells stories and how those stories can have a profound impact on global health. Drawing on his own experiences, Dr. Baer will describe how we can all use our stories to improve public health.

After Dr. Baer's talk, there will be a reception in Room W1030 from 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM. Light refreshments will be provided.

For more information, please contact Sarah Weber, GOPC's Communications Specialist.


Obesity Systems Forum

 

dan taberWhen: Wednesday, June 24th @ 2:00 PM EDT to 3:00 PM EDT
Where: JHSPH, 615 N. Wolfe Street, Baltimore, MD 21205, Room E9519
Topic: Food Policy Resistance: Using System Dynamics to Explore Why Policies Fail
Speaker: Daniel Taber, PhD, MPH

 

Federal, state, and local leaders have implemented many policies to improve children's diet, particularly within schools, but some policies failed to produce any behavior change. Well-intended policies can even have unintended consequences.

System dynamics models can explore how individuals and organizations adapt to policy change, producing such unintended consequences, and whether different policies in different sectors are more effective.

Dr. Taber will present a system dynamics model designed to simulate whether policies targeting sweetened beverages can overcome policy resistance and successfully reduce children’s sweetened beverage consumption.


Obesity Systems Forum

 

kpWhen: Wednesday, May 27th @ 2:00 PM EDT to 3:00 PM EDT
Where: JHSPH, 615 N. Wolfe Street, Baltimore, MD 21205, Room E9519
Topic: A Framework for Assessing Effects of the U.S. Food System
Speaker: Keshia M. Pollack, PhD, MPH

 

A National Academy of Sciences’ committee released a report in February 2015 that illustrated a framework for assessing the health, environmental, social, and economic effects associated with the U.S. food system. This analytical framework would serve a tool for decision-makers, researchers, and other stakeholders to examine the possible impacts of interventions, and evaluate the collective health, environmental, social, and economic outcomes of specific changes in the food system.

This framework will be useful for: (1) identifying and potentially preventing unintended effects of an intervention; (2) promoting transparency among stakeholders about decisions; (3) improving communication and providing a better understanding of values and perspectives among scientists, policy makers, and other stakeholders; (4) decreasing the likelihood of misinterpretation of results from any particular analysis.

Ultimately, the framework would inform decision-making in food and agricultural practices and policies so as to minimize unintended health, environmental, social, and economic consequences. The presentation by Dr. Pollack, a member of the Committee, will describe the framework and its rationale, and use a case example to demonstrate its ability to inform decision-making in food and agricultural practices and policies, and to minimize unintended health, environmental, social, and economic consequences.


Obesity Systems Forum

 

pam sWhen: Wednesday, April 22nd @ 2:00 PM EDT to 3:00 PM EDT
Where: JHSPH, 615 N. Wolfe Street, Baltimore, MD 21205, Room E9519
Topic: Findings from a multi-faceted supermarket intervention: “Eat Right, Live Well!”
Speaker: Pamela Surkan, ScD, PhD

 

Results from a supermarket-based nutrition intervention in a low-income Baltimore community

Despite expressing a desire for healthy and fresh foods, low-income residents frequently make purchasing decisions that are not aligned with their preferences. This presentation will focus on findings from a community nutrition program in a low-income Baltimore supermarket.

Results are included from the formative qualitative phase carried out to inform the intervention, the process evaluation to assess the study’s implementation, and an economic evaluation of sales data in order to measure impact of the program on purchasing behaviors.


The Obesity Journal Club

 

casey r jcWhen: Thursday, March 26th @ 12:00 PM EDT - 1:00 PM EDT
Where: JHSPH, 615 N. Wolfe Street, Baltimore, MD 21205, Room E2523
Discussion Leader: Casey Rebholz, 2nd year postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Epidemiology and the Welch Center for Prevention, Epidemiology, and Clinical Research
Topic: Pooled results from 5 validation studies of self-reported instruments using recovery biomarkers for energy and protein intake.

 

For more information, please click here.


 

B'more Healthy Communities for Kids (BHCK) Community Forum

 

BHCK LogoWhen: Thursday, March 26th @ 9:00 AM EDT - 12:00 AM. EDT
Where: Humanim Building, 1701 N. Gay Street, Baltimore, MD, 21205
Topic: Promoting the health of kids in the Baltimore community

 

Please see here for further information and to R.S.V.P


 

Society for Research in Child Development

 

SUSANWhen: Thursday, March 19th @ 12:15 PM. EDT - 1:45 PM EDT
Where: Philadelphia, PA
Topic: From Brain to Hand to Mouth: Neurocognitive Correlates of Child Eating Behavior and Obesity
Speaker: Susan Carnell, PhD

This symposium takes a developmental approach to understanding the neurocognitive mechanisms underlying childhood eating behavior and obesity. To do this we bring together an interdisciplinary group of scientists using cutting edge techniques. Together, they will present evidence for the contribution of several specific neurocognitive and behavioral pathways to excess weight gain in youth.


 

Obesity Systems Forum

 

Claudia HeadshotWhen: Wednesday, March 18th @ 2:00 PM EDT to 3:00 PM EDT
Where: JHSPH, 615 N. Wolfe Street, Baltimore, MD 21205, Room E6519
Topic: Profitable Pricing Interventions to Improve Beverage Consumption in Small Neighborhood Stores
Speaker: Claudia Nau, PhD

Decreasing sugar-sweetened beverage (SSB) consumption can facilitate obesity prevention. Raising SSB prices and lowering water prices are potentially complementary public health strategies to shift beverage purchases in a healthier direction while maintaining or increasing retailer profit. To assess feasibility, we conducted a simulation study to identify combinations of SSB and water prices that increase both water demand and profit for small neighborhood stores (“corner stores”). SSB purchases are substantial revenue sources for corner stores that are the only beverage providers in many low-income, urban neighborhoods.

We built inventory models, an analytic approach suitable for modeling business operations, that represent the beverage inventory, wholesale costs, retail prices, and demand in two Baltimore corner stores. Results indicated, for example, that a 20% SSB price increase allows lowering water prices while maintaining profit and increases water demand by 9 and 14% for stores selling SSB in 12oz cans and 16oz bottles, respectively. When water prices are not changed, profit can increase by 4.3 and 6%. Various combinations of SSB and water prices could encourage water consumption and maintain or increase store owners’ profits.


 

National Institutes of Health (NIH) Chronic Disease Workshop

 

Bruce Lee HeadshotWhen: Tuesday, March 10th @ 11:30 AM EDT - 12:00 PM EDT
Where: Lister Hill Auditorium, NIH Campus, Bethesda, MD
Topic: Possible New Tools: Systems Science
Speaker: Bruce Lee, MD, MBA
Chair: Bert Garza

Computational modeling to help connect nutrition recommendations with chronic disease outcomes

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Prevention of Global Obesity and Diabetes Epidemics Seminar

 

Frank HuWhen: Wednesday, March 4th @ 4:00 PM EDT - 5:00 PM EDT
Where: JHSPH, 615 N. Wolfe Street, Baltimore, MD 21205, Sommer Hall (E2014)
Topic: Prevention of Global Obesity and Diabetes Epidemics: The Intersection of Science, Politics, and Polices
Speaker: Frank Hu, MD, PhD, MPH

For more information, see here for the flyer or send an e-mail to globalobesity@jhu.edu.


 

The Obesity Journal Club

 

b jclubWhen: Thursday, February 26th @ 12:00 PM EDT - 1:00 PM EDT
Where: JHSPH, 615 N. Wolfe Street, Baltimore, MD 21205, Room E2523
Discussion Leader: Brittany Jock, Doctoral student, Social and Behavioral Interventions
Topic: The science of obesity: what do we really know about what makes us fat? An essay by Gary Taubes

 

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The Obesity Journal Club

 

AS JC HeadshotWhen: Thursday, February 19th @ 12:00 PM EDT - 1:00 PM EDT
Where: JHSPH, 615 N. Wolfe Street, Baltimore, MD 21205, Room E2523
Discussion Leader: Allysan P. Scatterday, MSPH Candidate in Human Nutrition
Topic: Is there a relationship between red or processed meat intake and obesity? A systematic review and meta-analysis of observational studies

 

Primary Reference Article:

Is there a relationship between red or processed meat intake and obesity? A systematic review and meta-analysis of observational studies.
Rouhani MH, Salehi-Abargouei A, Surkan PJ, Azadbakht L. Obes Rev. 2014;15(9):740-748.​

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Healthy Eating Research Conference

 

When: Wednesday, February 18th - Friday, February 20th, 2015
Where: Marriott Inner Harbor Camden Yards, Downtown Baltimore
Talk Leaders: Dr. Sara Bleich and Dr. Joel Gittelsohn

 

saraCalorie Changes in Chain Restaurant Menu Items: Implications for Obesity and Evaluations of Menu Labeling
Sara Bleich, PhD, JHSPH

 

joelFormal and Informal Agreements With Food and Beverage Distributors: Small Store Owner Perspectives from Four Cities
Joel Gittelsohn, PhD, Professor, Center for Human Nutrition, Department of International Health, JHSPH