We are excited to initiate a new annual translational nutrition science conference, the Interdisciplinary Nutrition Sciences Symposium. The inaugural theme is Synergizing Animal and Human Obesity Research. The field of personalized obesity medicine is in its infancy. Our goal is to develop ideas for advancing scientific rigor in translational obesity and nutrition studies from animal to human research, which will lead public health, therapeutic, and clinical efforts to reduce obesity and its associated comorbidities. Future symposia will adopt different themes that will capture the current state of affairs in the field.


‘Synergizing Animal and Human Obesity Research’ will focus on obesity and will promote and advance scientific rigor in translational studies from animal to human models across a series of brief presentations by leaders in translational science followed by pragmatic and transdisciplinary panel discussions on successful engagement in cutting-edge translational nutrition and obesity science. Interactive discussions will encourage diverse early career investigators and faculty to engage with senior investigators, and for academic and industry scientists to engage. 

Scientific themes:

  • Obesity heterogeneity and precision science, specifically precision nutrition.

  • Opportunities and challenges for translational approaches using human and animal models.

  • Cross-talk and collaboration in academic-industry partnerships to leverage capacity to improve individual and population health.

  • Best practices for translational sciences.