Program Schedule

Infectobesity: Obesity of fectious Origen

Session: Symposium: When Bigger is Not Better - Infectious Diseases and Obesity
Friday, October 10, 2014: 2:30 PM
Room: The Pennsylvania Convention Center: 115-ABC
Nikhil Dhurandhar, PhD, Infection and Obesity, Pennington Biomedical Research Center, Baton Rouge, LA

Dr. Nikhil V. Dhurandhar, is professor of “Infection and Obesity” and the John Henry Hernandez Endowed Professor in Health Promotion, at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, LA. He is president-elect of The Obesity Society for 2013-2014, and is in line to serve as president beginning in 2014. As a physician and nutritional biochemist, he has been involved with obesity treatment and research for over 20 years. Dr. Dhurandhar coined the term “Infectobesity” – obesity of infectious origin. Dr. Dhurandhar et al were the first to identify adipogenic effects of an avian adenovirus (SMAM-1) and a human adenovirus (Ad36), and the first to report beneficial effects of Ad36, particularly on glucose metabolism. He believes that simple explanations for causes of obesity are inadequate and novel approaches are required for its effective management. Dr. Dhurandhar has received research funding from the NIH, American Diabetes Association, Federal Emergency Management Agency, and other non-profit or commercial funding sources, has published over 100 scientific articles, and book chapters, and served as a mentor or advisor for several students and postdoctoral fellows. He is Editor, Special Issues of the International Journal of Obesity.

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