24th Annual Harvard Nutrition Obesity Symposium
Adiposity, Immunity, and Inflammation: Interrelationships in Health and Disease

Wednesday, June 7, 2023
This event will be held virtually. All are welcome!
Registration for this event is free for all attendees.

The NORCH is pleased to announce the topic for our 2023 symposium, “Adiposity, Immunity, and Inflammation: Interrelationships in Health and Disease.” See below for the full list of speakers.

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Speaker List


Steven Grinspoon, MD
Director, Nutrition Obesity Research Center at Harvard




Session 1: Deciphering Adipose-Immune crosstalk

Moderators: Gӧkhan Hotamisligil, MD, PhD, Harvard T.H Chan School of Public Health

Immunological Landscape of Adipose Tissue
Alyssa Hasty, PhD
Professor of Molecular Physiology
, Vanderbilt University

Sympathetic Nervous System and Adipose Tissue Crosstalk
Ana Domingos, PhD
Professor of Neuroscience
, University of Oxford

Nutritional Regulation of Immunity
Vishwa Deep Dixit, DVM, PhD
Professor of Pathology and Immunology,
Yale University

Adipokines as Immunoregulators
Gӧkhan Hotamisligil, MD, PhD
Professor of Genetics and Metabolism, Harvard T.H Chan School of Public Health

Lessons from COVID: The Innate Immune Response in Obesity
Frederick Sheedy, PhD
Associate Professor of Biochemistry, Trinity College Dublin

The George L. Blackburn Keynote Lecture:

Obesity and Immunometabolism
Lydia Lynch, PhD
Associate Professor of Immunology, Harvard University

Session 2: Inflammation and Immune Activation in Comorbidities of Obesity

Moderators: Furkan Burak, MD, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Pathways from Obesity to Asthma
Anne E. Dixon, MD

Professor, University of Vermont

Dysmetabolism, Inflammation, and Cognitive Health
Tina Brinkley, PhD, 
Associate Professor of Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine, Wake Forest University

Immunometabolic Drivers of Heart Failure
Joseph Hill, MD, PhD
Professor of Internal Medicine, UT 

Immunomodulatory Treatment Approaches to Obesity Comorbidities
March Donath, MD

Professor, University of Basel