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2021 DRC Retreat

Tuesday, February 2nd , 2021

9 AM -12:30 PM

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Keynote Speaker

Sadaf Farooqi, MB, ChB (Hons), PhD

Wellcome - MRC Institute of Metabolic Science
University of Cambridge
Professor of Metabolism and Medicine

"Obesity and Thinness: Two Sides of the Same Coin?"


  Keynote Address                                                        

  9:00 AM Welcome and Introduction - DRC Director Dr. Alan Saltiel

  9:10 AM Dr. Sadaf Farooqi

               Professor of Metabolism and Medicine – University of Cambridge

               “Obesity and Thinness: Two Sides of the Same Coin?”

  2020 Pilot and Feasibility Awardee Talks                 

  10:10 AM Ajit S. Divakaruni, PhD - UCLA Dean’s Award

                 Assistant Professor, Molecular & Medical Pharmacology – UCLA

                “Determining how pro-inflammatory cytokines harmfully reprogram                            pancreatic β-cell mitochondria”

  10:30 AM Amit R. Majithia, PhD – UCSD Junior Faculty Award

                 Assistant Professor of Endocrinology – UCSD

                “Combining experiments of man and nature to target human insulin                            resistance

 10:50 AM Dhruv Sareen, PhD – Cedars Dean’s Award

                 Assistant Professor, Biomedical Sciences – Cedars Sinai

                “Functional Human iPSC-Derived Pancreatic Islets in Co-culture with                          Isogenic Vascular endothelial Cells”

  11:10 AM Michael J. Wilkinson, MD - UCSD Dean's Award

                  Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine – UCSD

                 “Effect of time-restricted eating on catecholamine-sensitivity of adipose                     tissue in obese adults”

  Closing Talk                                                                 

  11:30 AM Rob Knight, PhD

                 Director of the Center for Microbiome Innovation Professor of Pediatrics                         and Computer Science & Engineering- UCSD

               “The Human Microbiome and Its Role in Diabetes”

  12:30 PM Closing