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Graduate School Public Lectures

Why is it so hard to lose weight?

Wed. May 13, 2015       6:30 p.m.

Kane Hall 130, UW Campus

We are no longer taking online registrations for this lecture. As a courtesy, we offer standby seating on a space-available basis beginning 15 minutes prior to the lecture’s start time.

UW professor Ellen Schur expands on her extensive body of work, including her research on the brain’s regulation of appetite funded by the National Institutes of Health and the American Diabetes Association, bringing clarity and understanding to the perennial question that pervades so many parts of our health, self-image and culture: why is it so hard to lose weight?

schur210Ellen Schur, M.D., M.S., is an associate professor of medicine at the University of Washington in the Division of General Internal Medicine at Harborview Medical Center. She completed her medical degree at Stanford University in 1999 and her medical residency at UW in 2002. She received an M.S. in Epidemiology in 2008 from UW. In 2012, she received the Clinician-Scientist of the Year award from the Northwest Region, Society of General Internal Medicine.

As the sophistication of science and medicine advances, our understanding of health and wellness for individuals, families and nations grows beyond the mere measure of waistlines. Presented by University of Washington Graduate School and the UWAA, the Weight & Wellness Lecture Series approaches topic of body and size with consideration to socioeconomic structures, nutritional disparity in food sources, brain chemistry, environmental influences and more, showing us that, for human health, it is not always our conventional wisdom that holds the most weight.

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