Division of Nutrition

13th Annual
Postgraduate Nutrition Symposium

Your Brain Can Help You Eat Better:
Do you control your brain or does your brain control you?

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July 13-14, 2011
Boston

The rise in obesity levels has prompted emerging research on the cognitive, behavioral and decision sciences that are relevant for food intake regulation. Various factors such as food advertisements, exercise, and environmental distractions impact self-control and food choices. Simultaneously, multiple neural mechanisms influence the brain and behavior outcomes.  Scientists and researchers are working to better understand how these sciences can be integrated in the study of human nutrition and obesity, so recommendations for health can be improved.

On July 13-14, 2011, a panel of world-renowned physicians and researchers presented novel integrative research on the brain basis of human food intake and obesity.

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Welcome

W. Allan Walker, M.D.
Conrad Taff Professor of Nutrition and Pediatrics;
Director, Division of Nutrition, Harvard Medical School;
Director, Mucosal Immunology Laboratory; Massachusetts General Hospital

George L. Blackburn, MD
S. Daniel Abraham Associate Professor of Nutrition;
Associate Director of Nutrition, Division of Nutrition, Harvard Medical School
Director, Center for the Study of Nutrition Medicine;
Chief, Nutrition/Metabolism Laboratory, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center


SESSION IA:
Basic Science: How the Brain Can Influence Food Intake

Moderator:
Alvaro Pascual-Leone, M.D., Ph.D.
Harvard Medical School, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Overview: Neurology
Objectives of the Symposium

Miguel Alonso-Alonso, M.D., M.Phil.
Instructor in Neurology, Harvard Medical School;
Berenson-Allen Center for Noninvasive Brain Stimulation,
Department of Neurology, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Learning and the Motivation to Eat: Brain and Behavior

Gorica Petrovich, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Boston College

Multiple Mechanisms for Reward-Learning in the Brain: Relevance for Food Intake

John P. O’Doherty, D.Phil.
Professor of Psychology,
Division of the Humanities and Social Sciences,
California Institute of Technology


SESSION IB:
Basic Science: How the Brain Can Influence Food Intake

Moderator:
Alvaro Pascual-Leone, M.D., Ph.D.
Harvard Medical School, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Social Influence, the Brain, and Obesity: Applying Agent-Based Computational Modeling

Ross A. Hammond, Ph.D.
Senior Fellow, Economics Studies Program;
Director, Center on Social Dynamics and Policy,
The Brookings Institution

Brain and Obesity: Causes and Consequences

Dana Small, Ph.D.
Associate Fellow, John B. Pierce Laboratory;
Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Yale University School of Medicine

Roundtable Discussion


SESSION IIA:
Cognitive Function and Regulation of Food Choices

Moderator:
Steven Heymsfield, M.D.

Pennington Biomedical Research Center

Priming Obesity: Automatic Effects of Food Marketing

Jennifer Harris, Ph.D., M.B.A.
Director of Marketing Initiatives, Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity, Yale University

Thought for Food: How Imagined Consumption Reduces Actual Consumption

Carey K. Morewedge, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Marketing,
Tepper School of Business,
Carnegie Mellon University


SESSION IIB:
Cognitive Function and Regulation of Food Choices

Moderator:
George L. Blackburn, M.D., Ph.D.
Harvard Medical School, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Effects of Exercise on Brain and Cognitive Function

Kirk Erickson, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Pittsburgh

A Limited Resource Model of Self-Control: Implications for Eating Better

Kathleen D. Vohs, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Marketing,
McKnight Presidential Scholar and Land O' Lakes Professor of Excellence in Marketing,
University of Minnesota

Roundtable Discussion


SESSION IIIA:
Translational Initiatives for Obesity Prevention

Moderator:
Jason Riis, Ph.D.

Harvard Business School

Combating the Sugar, Salt and Fat Addictiong

David Kessler, M.D.
Professor of Pediatrics Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Department of Pediatrics,
University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine

Mindless Eating: Why We Eat More Than We Think

Brian C. Wansink, Ph.D.
John Dyson Endowed Chair, Applied Economics and Management Department;
Director Food and Brand Lab, Cornell University

MIT Media Lab Objects that Help People Think about Their Actions and Change Their Behavior

Sajid Sadi, Ph.D. Candidate
Media Laboratory, Massachusetts Institute of Technology


SESSION IIIB:
Translational Initiatives for Obesity Prevention

Moderator:
Jason Riis, Ph.D.
Harvard Business School

But How Did The Rat Feel?: Practical Observations From a Career in Commercial Weight Loss

Len Tacconi
Global Commercial Leader, Mobile Health at Merck

Helping People Lose It!

Charles Teague
CEO, FitNow, Inc.

Roundtable Discussion

Let’s Move! A Public Engagement Initiative to Address Childhood Obesity

Christie L. Hager, J.D., M.P.H.
Regional Director, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services,
Region I, Let’s Move!

Closing Remarks

George L. Blackburn, M.D., Ph.D.
S. Daniel Abraham Associate Professor of Nutrition, Associate Director of Nutrition,
Division of Nutrition, Harvard Medical School;
Director, Center for the Study of Nutrition Medicine;
Chief, Nutrition/Metabolism Laboratory, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

This program was made possible through unrestricted educational grants from:
Abbott Nutrition,
Center for the Study of Nutrition Medicine
Boston Nutrition Obesity Research Center
The Coca-Cola Company
The Peanut Institute,
Ajinomoto U.S.A. Inc.
American Society for Nutrition
Dairy Research Institute/National Dairy Council
The Conrad Taff Teaching Fund
S. Daniel Abraham Teaching Fund
and the Harvard Center for Healthy Living
Presented by
The Division of Nutrition and Harvard Clinical Nutrition Research Center
Harvard Medical School
in conjunction with
Department of Nutrition
Harvard School of Public health
and
Boston Nutrition Obesity Research Center