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

Thank you to all who attended this symposium!

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.

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 and Laura den Hartigh, PhD, University of Washington

Immune Memory to Metabolic Cycling
Alyssa Hasty, PhD
Professor of Molecular Physiology and Biophysicis
, Vanderbilt University

Ana Domingos, PhD
Professor of Neuroscience
, University of Oxford

Immunometabolic Checkpoints of Aging
Vishwa Deep Dixit, DVM, PhD
Waldermar Von Zedtwitz Professor of Pathology and Immunology; Director, Yale Center for Research on Aging (Y-Age), Pathology,
Yale University

Organelle Dysfunction and Metaflammation in Obesity
Gӧkhan Hotamisligil, MD, PhD
James S. Simmons Professor of Genetics and Metabolism; Director, Sabri Ulker Metabolic Research Center, 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:

Diet, Lipids and Immunity
Lydia Lynch, PhD
Associate Professor, Harvard Medical School

Session 2: Inflammation and Immune Activation in Comorbidities of Obesity

Moderators: Caroline Apovian, MD, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Furkan Burak, MD, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Obesity and Asthma
Anne E. Dixon, BM, BCh

Chief, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, University of Vermont

Metabolic Dysfunction, Inflammation, and Cognitive Health
Tina Brinkley, PhD, 
Associate Professor, Wake Forest University

Conspiracy of Co-morbidities: Meta-Inflammation and HFpEF
Joseph Hill, MD, PhD
Professor of Medicine and Molecular Biology, Chief of Caridiology, Director of Harry S. Moss Heart Center, UT 
Southwestern Medical Center

Immunomodulatory Treatment Approaches to Obesity Comorbidities
March Donath, MD

Professor, University Hospital Basel