UW News

November 6, 2008

Inauguration of Diabetes and Obesity Center set for Nov. 14

The inauguration of the new UW Medicine Diabetes and Obesity Center of Excellence will take place from 1:30 to 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 14, at UW Medicine Research at South Lake Union.

The inaugural symposium of the new center will focus on the latest research in diabetes and obesity and will be followed by a reception featuring research posters, refreshments and live music.

Symposium speakers will include Dr. Michael Schwartz, director of the Diabetes & Obesity Center of Excellence; Dr. Paul G. Ramsey, chief executive officer of UW Medicine and dean of the School of Medicine; and Dr. William Bremner, the Robert G. Petersdorf Professor and Chair, UW Department of Medicine. Dr. Francis Kim, associate professor of medicine in the Division of Cardiology, will address the role of nitric oxide and the development of insulin resistance. Dr. Karen Bornfeldt, associate director of the center, will speak about diabetes accelerated atherosclerosis and inflammation.

The keynote address, The Role of Inflammation Insulin Resistance and Type 2 Diabetes, will be given by Dr. Jerrold Olefsky, chief of the Endocrinology and Metabolism Division at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and scientific director of the Whittier Institute for Diabetes.

For more information, e-mail Victoria Vasquez at vv2@u.washington.edu or call 206-221- 0551.