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10th Annual Research Symposium

​Dietary Effects on Gut Signaling:
Diet, Microbiome and GI Diseases

Friday, June 17, 2016
1:00 - 5 p.m.

Reception with light refreshments, 5 - 6:30 p.m.

Medical Education and Telemedicine Building, UC San Diego 

Medical Education and Telemedicine Building
UC San Diego School of Medicine Campus

Dietary Effects on Gut Signaling

UC San Diego is at the cutting edge of basic and translational research in gastroenterology and hepatology. As part of our efforts to advance the science and clinical management of gastrointestinal disease, we are pleased to announce that our 2016 annual gastrointestinal research symposium will focus on dietary effects on gut signaling.

We have secured participation of internationally renowned experts from diverse disciplines to cover issues related to phenotyping patients, creating bioprofile and refined animal models used for research related to inflammatory bowel disease, celiac disease and other conditions. Our target audience includes translational investigators in gastroenterology and hepatology as well as basic scientists.

Program Schedule

Dr. Samuel Ho
Dr. Amir Zarrinpar
Welcoming Comments
Samuel Ho, MD (left), and
Amir Zarrinpar, MD, PhD (below, left)
Division of Gastroenterology
UC San Diego School of Medicine


Dr. Lee Kaplan 
1:10 - 1:45
Microbiota-Host Interactions in the Regulation of Energy Balance

Lee Kaplan, MD, PhD
Director, Obesity, Metabolism and Nutrition Institute
Massachusetts General Hospital
Associate Professor of Medicine
Harvard Medical School
Amir Zarrinpar, MD, PhD 
1:45 - 2:05
Gut Microbiome Dynamics and Metabolism

Amir Zarrinpar, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor, Division of Gastroenterology
UC San Diego School of Medicine
Regulatory Biology Laboratory - Panda
The Salk Institute for Biological Studies
Siddharth Singh, MD, MS 
2:05 - 2:25
Obesity in Inflammatory Bowel Diseases: A Wolf in Sheep's Clothing?

Siddharth Singh, MD, MS
Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine
Division of Gastroenterology
Clinical Informatics Fellow
Division of Biomedical Informatics
UC San Diego School of Medicine
Dr. Lars Bode 
2:25 - 2:45
Human Milk Oligosaccharides Shape the Infant Microbiome with Potential Health Benefits for Adults

Lars Bode, PhD
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
UC San Diego School of Medicine

2:45 - 3:15

Telemedicine Building Courtyard

Dr. Samuel Kline 
3:15 - 3:50
Bariatric Surgery and Type 2 Diabetes: Does Upper Intestinal Bypass Have Clinically Important Weight Loss Independent Effects?

Samuel Kline, MD
William H. Danforth Professor of Medicine and Nutritional Science
Director, Center for Human Nutrition
Chief, Division of Geriatrics and Nutritional Science
Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis
Dr. Shibu Yooseph 
3:50 - 4:25
Studying the Gut Microbiome Using Integrated “Omics” Approaches

Shibu Yooseph
Professor of Informatics
J. Craig Venter Institute
Microbiome Lead
Human Longevity, Inc.
Bernd Schnabl, MD 
4:25 - 4:45
Gut Microbiome and Chronic Liver Disease 

Bernd Schnabl, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine Division of Gastroenterology UC San Diego School of Medicine
Dr. William Sandborn 
4:45 - 5:00
Wrap Up

William Sandborn, MD
Professor of Medicine
Adjunct Professor of Surgery
Chief, Division of Gastroenterology
UC San Diego School of Medicine
Director, UC San Diego Health
IBD Center

5:00 - 6:30

UC San Diego Telemedicine Building Courtyard


UC San Diego Map: Parking and MET Building 


Register for the Symposium

View Symposium Flyer

What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?


To UC San Diego from I-5 North/South:
Exit onto La Jolla Village Drive West
(From I-5 North - turn left; from I-5 South - turn right)
Turn right onto Villa La Jolla Drive
Up the hill about 0.3 miles
(Stay in left lane as the right lane must turn)
Go past the first light
(The VA Medical Center is on your right)
At the next signal light, drive straight into the Gilman Parking Structure.


A parking permit is always required Monday through Friday at all UC San Diego parking lots. While there are a limited amount of parking spaces near the Telemedicine building, we recommend attendees park in the Gilman Parking Structure. Parking permits are $2/hour and can be purchased from any Permit Pay Station inside the Gilman Parking Structure. The Permit Pay Stations accept exact cash, Visa, MasterCard and American Express.
Park in any open Visitor parking space and purchase a parking permit from one of the parking kiosks.

Medical Education and Telemedicine Building

Follow directional signs and walk across parking lot P602 and the ceremonial green lawn to the Medical Education - Telemedicine (MET) building. See map at left below. The auditorium is located on the ground level, off the main courtyard.