Griffin P. Rodgers, NIDDK Director, to Present Keynote at Obesity 2010

Celebrating Common Mission and NIDDK’s 60-Year Heritage of Research Efforts to Improve Health

Dr. Griffin P. Rodgers, Director of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), will tonight present the Keynote Address at Obesity 2010, the 28th Annual Scientific Meeting of The Obesity Society, the leading North American professional and scientific organization dedicated to the study of obesity, which starts today at the San Diego Convention Center.

The Obesity Society (TOS) developed areas of its program as a tribute to the NIDDK’s 60th Anniversary of six decades of research into diseases and disorders, including diabetes and other endocrine and metabolic diseases, digestive and liver diseases, nutritional disorders, kidney and urologic diseases and diseases of the blood. The theme of the anniversary is 60 Years of Advancing Research to Improve Health. This is a mission that can be embraced by these two organizations who share common goals of supporting and conducting research on conditions that affect people at home and around the world. And unlocking the mysteries of obesity is a shared objective. Dr. Rodgers will incorporate the theme of the 60th Anniversary celebrations into his address in San Diego.

“We are delighted that Dr. Rodgers will deliver the keynote address at Obesity 2010,” said Donna H. Ryan, MD, President of the Obesity Society. “The Obesity Society is committed to encouraging research on the causes and treatment of obesity and our combined cross-discipline heritage can only benefit those we seek to help.”

The Obesity 2010 program will also encompass a plenary symposium on Sunday, October 10, 2010, dedicated to the 60th celebration: NIDDK 60th Anniversary Symposium—Physical Activity From Marathon Mouse to the Y. This session, chaired by Susan Yanovksi and Philip Smith of the NIDDK, features talks by Ronald Evans, Improved Performance Through Metabolic Engineering; Molly Bray, What Drives Us to Be Physically Active? The Role of Genes; and, David Marrero, Partnering With the YMCA to Prevent Diabetes.

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