Metabolic Research Conference

  • A lecture series in the style of Grand Rounds
  • NEW VENUE: Bird Library Auditorium at OUHSC*
  • Held at noon on the first and third Mondays of each calendar month during the academic year*
  • Presenters include invited guests from outside OU

Lunch is provided for the first 25 attendees! Late arrivals are encouraged to bring a sack lunch.


Oct. 1 -- Yusuke Takahashi, Ph.D., OUHSC | The role of microRNAs in the pathogenesis in diabetic retinopathy

Oct. 15 -- Steven D. Chernausek, M.D., OUHSCThe Effect of Sex on the Development of Childhood Obesity and the Risk for Metabolic Disease

Nov. 5 -- Peter Butler, M.D., UCLA | Why do beta cells fail in type 2 diabetes?

Dec. 3 -- Patrick Catalano, M.D., Tufts | Hyperglycemia and Adverse Pregnancy Outcomes; 10-14 year follow up study

Jan. 7 -- Weidong Wang, Ph.D., OUHSC | Targeting ER Stress Sensor IRE1 for Treatment of Obesity and Diabetes

Feb. 4 -- Bobby Saunkeah, R.N. & Michael Peercy, M.P.H., Chickasaw Nation Department of Health | Protecting Human Rights and Tribal Sovereignty in Research Policies

Feb. 18 -- Leanne Redman, Ph.D., Louisiana State University | Great Expectations! Energy balance phenotyping can advance management of obese pregnancies

April 15 -- Peter Arvan, M.D., Ph.D., University of Michigan | An Unfolding Story About Proinsulin

May 6 -- Fida Bacha, M.D., F.A.A.P.,  Baylor | Biomarkers of Cardiovascular Disease Risk in Youth Obesity and Type 2 Diabetes



Ann-Louise Olson, Ph.D., Edith Kinney Gaylord Foundation Presidential Professor; Vice Chair, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, OUHSC
C. Ronald Kahn, M.D., Chief Academic Officer and Senior Investigator, Joslin Diabetes Center; Mary K. Iacocca Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Valarie Blue Bird Jernigan, Dr.P.H., M.P.H., Public Health & Health Promotion, OUHSC
Elvira Isganaitis, M.D., M.P.H., Pediatrics/Endocrinology, Harvard Medical School
Cecil Lewis, Ph.D., Anthropology, OU-Norman
Véronique A. Lacombe, D.V.M., Ph.D., Center for Veterinary Health Sciences, OSU-Stillwater
Dharambir Sanghera, Ph.D., Pediatrics/Genetics, OUHSC
Steven D. Chernausek, M.D., CMRI Edith Kinney Gaylord Chair; Professor of Pediatrics, OUHSC
Kevin Short, M.D., CMRI Choctaw Nation Chair; Associate Professor of Pediatrics, OUHSC
Kenneth Humphries, Ph.D., Assistant Member, Aging & Metabolism Research Program, OMRF
Will Holland, Ph.D., Internal Medicine, UT Southwestern Medical Center
Robert Anderson, M.D., Ph.D., Ophthalmology & Cell Biology, Dean McGee Eye Institute
Christina Scifres, M.D., Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Dept. of Obstetrics & Gynecology, OUHSC
Michael Businelle, Ph.D, Oklahoma Tobacco Research Center
Susan Sisson, Ph.D., R.D.N., C.H.E.S., F.A.C.S.M., Dept. of Nutritional Sciences, OUHSC
Darren Lee, Ph.D., Dept. of Ophthalmology, OUHSC

Watch for more dates to be added soon!
If you are interested in presenting or can suggest a visiting presenter for this conference, please email

The 2018-19 Conference Committee consists of Dr. David Fields (Chair), Dr. David Kem, Dr. Hui-Ying Lim, and Dr. Ann Louise Olson.

No cost to attend. For more information or for accommodations on the basis of disability, call (405) 271-2824.

*except where noted