Division of Nutrition

14th Annual
Postgraduate Nutrition Symposium

Metabolic Syndrome

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July 10-11, 2013

On July 10-11, 2013, a panel of world-renowned physicians and researchers came together to discuss the rapid rise of metabolic syndrome in the developed and developing world. The first session discussed the importance and implications of metabolic syndrome. Session two focused on the early mechanisms of the disease including transgenerational obesity and the role of inflammation. Session three compared and contrasted dietary patterns in various developing countries, specifically looking at types of dietary carbohydrates and their impact on obesity and diabetic risk factors. The symposium is aimed to provide top researchers, opinion leaders, and educators with cutting edge science needed to understand emerging research around metabolic syndrome.

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What is Metabolic Syndrome and Why Does it Matter?

Moderator: Steven Grinspoon, MD
Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School


W. Allan Walker, M.D.
Conrad Taff Professor of Nutrition and Pediatrics; Director, Division of Nutrition; Director, Nutrition Obesity Research Center, Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital for Children

Steven Grinspoon, MD
Director, Massachusetts General Hospital Program in Nutritional Metabolism; Clinical Co-Director, Neuroendocrine Clinical Center, Massachusetts General Hospital; Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Epidemiology, Genetics and Insulin Resistance

James Meigs, MD, MPH
Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Co-Director, MGH Clinical Research Program, Clinical Effectiveness Research Unit, Massachusetts General Hospital

Weight or Fat Distribution— What Matters?

Jean-Pierre Després, PhD, FAHA, FIAS
Scientific Director, International Chair on Cardiometabolic Risk; Professor, Department of Kinesiology, Faculty of Medicine, Université Laval; Director of Research, Cardiology, Québec Heart and Lung Institute

Getting to the Heart of the Matter:
Ectopic Fat Deposits and Cardiovascular Risk

Caroline Fox, MD, MPH
Director of Metabolic Research, the Framingham Heart Study; Associate Director, Center for Population Studies, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute; Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Division of Endocrinology, Metabolism, and Diabetes, Department of Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Metabolic Syndrome in the Pediatric Population Does it Exist
(Negative view)

Elizabeth Goodman, MD
Associate Chair for Community-Based Research, Massachusetts General Hospital for Children; Director, MGH Center for Child & Adolescent Health Research and Policy; Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School

Metabolic Syndrome in the Pediatric Population
(Positive view)

Samuel Gidding, MD
Division Chief of Cardiology, Alfred I. DuPont Hospital for Children

Roundtable Discussion 1

What is the Mechanism of Metabolic Syndrome?

Moderator: W. Allan Walker, MD
Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts General Hospital

Transgenerational Obesity and the Early Origins of Metabolic Disease

Jacob E. Friedman, PhD
Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Biochemistry & Molecular Genetics; Director, NIH Center for Human Nutrition Research Metabolism Core Laboratory; Director, Colorado Program in Nutrition and Healthy Development, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

Pre- and Peri-Natal Risk Factors

Matthew Gillman, MD, SM
Director, Obesity Prevention Program, Department of Population Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Professor, Department of Population Medicine, Harvard Medical School

Role of Inflammation

Steven E. Shoelson, MD, PhD
Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Helen and Morton Adler Chair and Associate Research Director, Joslin Diabetes Center

Role of Intestinal Microbiota

Andrew Gewirtz, PhD
Professor, Center for Inflammation, Immunity & Infection, Department of Biology, Georgia State University

Microbiome and NASH

Susan Baker, MD, PhD
Professor and Co-Chief, Department of Pediatrics, Digestive Diseases and Nutrition Center, University at Buffalo, Women and Children’s Hospital of Buffalo

Roundtable Discussion 2

Does Metabolic Syndrome Differ in Developing Countries?

Moderator: Frank Hu, MD, PhD, MPH
Harvard School of Public Health

Welcome and Overview

Frank Hu, MD, PhD, MPH
Professor, Department of Nutrition, Department of Epidemiology, Harvard School of Public Health

The Global Cardiovascular Risk and Nutrition Transition

Goodarz Danaei, MD, ScD
Assistant Professor, Department of Global Health and Population, Harvard School of Public Health

Quality of Carbohydrate and Diabetes Prevention

Vasanti Malik, ScD
Research Fellow, Department of Nutrition, Harvard School of Public Health

Diet and Metabolic Syndrome in Latin America

Hannia Campos, PhD
Senior Lecturer on Nutrition, Harvard School of Public Health

Diabetes and Metabolic Syndrome Prevention in India

K.M. Venkat Narayan, MD, MSc, MBA
Ruth and O.C. Hubert Professor of Global Health, Professor of Medicine & Epidemiology, Emory University

Roundtable Discussion 3

This program was made possible through unrestricted educational grants from:
Bristol-Myers Squibb Company
Ocean Spray Cranberries, Inc.
The Peanut Institute
The Conrad Taff Teaching Fund
S. Daniel Abraham Teaching Fund

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
Boston Nutrition Obesity Research Center