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The modification of diet is among the most impactful interventions influencing human health, highlighting the importance of studying nutritional biology for preventing and/or treating disease.

The Penn Center for Nutritional Science and Medicine (PenNSAM) focuses on integrating human clinical metadata, traditional dietary assessments, and nutritional biomarkers with the latest high throughput molecular profiling technologies together with advanced biostatistical and computational tools in a new approach to improve human health and ameliorate disease through nutrition.

This approach will ultimately have an impact upon nutritional policies in government and society.

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Upcoming Symposium

  • Paradigms in Obesity Pathogenesis: From Basic Research to Clinical Practice Wednesday, September 20, 2023 9:00 am - 4:45 pm

    Please join us for an exciting one-day symposium, "Paradigms in Obesity Pathogenesis: From Basic Research to Clinical Practice." This event will provide an invaluable platform to gain insights, exchange ideas, and network with leading experts in the field of obesity research and clinical practice.


    Location: Rubenstein Auditorium, Smilow Center for Translational Research

    Sponsors: PenNSAM: Penn Center for Nutritional Science and Medicine, CWED: Center for Weight and Eating Disorders, IDOM Hammond Fund: Institute for Diabetes, Obesity, and Metabolism


    Registration & Abstract Submission: You can register to attend and also submit your abstract here.

    There will be short talks chosen from submitted abstracts and a poster session with prizes. Please note that the deadline for abstract submission is September 6, 2023.


    Whether you are a researcher, clinician, or academic interested in obesity pathogenesis, this symposium is designed to provoke thoughtful discussion and foster collaboration. A wide range of topics will be covered, bridging the gap between basic research and the practical implementation in clinical settings (please see schedule).