Nationally Renowned Professor to Speak on Obesity

1/22/2010 - By: Mikalee Byerman

A nationally renowned psychiatry professor will hold a seminar at the University of Nevada, Reno next week, discussing the timely topic of obesity.

The Department of Nutrition’s Graduate Program in the College of Agriculture, Biotechnology and Natural Resources has invited Dr. Stephen C. Woods to discuss the “Neurobiology of Food Intake and Control of Body Weight” Wednesday, Jan. 27 at 4 p.m. in the Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center. Woods is a Professor of Psychiatry and Director of the Obesity Research Center at the University of Cincinnati.

“We’ve invited him to speak on campus because of his expertise in the areas of appetite and weight regulation,” said Dr. Jamie Benedict, associate professor in the Nutrition Department. “These are such timely topics due to concerns about obesity and overweight. With a better understanding of underlying mechanisms, perhaps the problems can be better resolved.”

Benedict notes that Woods’ impressive record of publications and funding – including more than 400 scholarly publications to his credit and extensive funding from the National Institutes for Health – make him an ideal speaker on the topic.

“With his background in psychiatry, he’ll bring an interesting perspective to the topic,” Benedict said. “Plus he’ll provide insight into the most current research on obesity.”

The seminar is open to the public and will be immediately followed by a reception for the speaker in the Knowledge Center’s Faculty and Graduate Student Reading Room (Room 422).

For more information, please call Jamie Benedict at (775) 784-6445.


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