Metabolic Research Conference

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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. 5 --  Sean Burgess, Ph.D., UT Southwestern | Mapping Mitochondrial Nutrient Metabolism in the Liver

Oct. 19 -- Malcolm Low, M.D., Ph.D., University of Michigan | TBD 

Nov. 4 --  TBD

Nov. 18 -- Kameron Sugino, Ph.D., University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center | TBD

Dec. 7 -- Melanie Cree-Green, M.D., Ph.D., University of Colorado-Anschutz Medical Campus  | Unraveling Metabolic Disease in Adolescent PCOS

Dec. 16 -- John Thyfault, Ph.D., F.A.C.S.M., F.T.O.S., KU Medical Center | Hepatic Fitness and Susceptibility for Metabolic Disease

Feb. 1 --  Kent Thornburg, Ph.D., Oregon Health and Science University | TBD

Feb. 15 -- Franck Mauvais-Jarvis, M.D., Ph.D., Tulane University | TBD

March 1 -- Elizabeth Parks, Ph.D., University of Missouri | Development of Therapies for NAFLD

March 15 -- TBD 

April 5 -- TBD

April 19 -- TBD

May 3 -- Katie Page, M.D., USC Keck School of Medicine  TBD

May 17 -- Xia "Shelley" Lei, M.D., Ph.D., Oklahoma State University | TBD


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.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
Yusuke Takahashi, Ph.D.,Dept. of Internal Medicine, OUHSC 
Steven D. Chernausek, M.D.,CMRI Edith Kinney Gaylord Chair; Department of Pediatrics, OUHSC 
Peter Butler, M.D., Dept. of Medicine,Section of Endocrinology, Diabetes & Hypertension, UCLA 
Patrick Catalano, M.D., Vice Chair, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Research, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Tufts 
Weidong Wang, Ph.D., Dept. of Internal Medicine, OUHSC 
Bobby Saunkeah, R.N. & Michael Peercy, M.P.H., Chickasaw Nation Department of Health 
Leanne Redman, Ph.D.,Professor, Pennington Biomedical Research Center, Louisiana State University 
Peter Arvan, M.D., Ph.D., Chief, Dept. of Metabolism, Endocriniology& Diabetes,University of Michigan 
Fida Bacha, M.D., F.A.A.P., Associate Professor, Division of Pediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes, Texas Children's Hospital, Baylor 
Brigid Gregg, M.D., University of Michigan
Daniel Drucker, Ph.D., Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute, Mt. Sinai Hospital, University of Toronto 
Karen K. Ryan, Ph.D., UC Davis
Zhamak Khorgami, M.D., University of Oklahoma-Tulsa
Brett Boyer, Ph.D., Oregon Health & Science University
John Thyfault, Ph.D., F.A.C.S.M., F.T.O.S., KU Medical Center 
Joshua Butcher, Ph.D., M.S., Oklahoma State University
Sam Emerson, Ph.D., Oklahoma State University 

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 2019-20 Conference Committee consists of Dr. David Fields (Chair) and Dr. Karen Jonscher. 

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

*except where noted