Touchstone Diabetes Center

Upcoming Speakers



September 1, 2016

Ralph A. DeFronzo, MD

UT Health Sciences Center, San Antonio


September 8, 2016

September 15, 2016

September 22, 2016

September 29, 2016

October 6, 2016

October 13, 2016

Gerald I. Shulman, MD, PhD

Professor of Medicine and Cellular & Molecular Physiology
Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Yale University School of Medicine

October 20, 2016

October 27, 2016

November 3, 2016

November 10, 2016

November 17, 2016

November 24, 2016

December 1, 2016

December 1, 2016 Reserved

December 8, 2016
Vic Schuster
Albert Einstein College of Medicine
"To burn or not to burn, fat is the question”
Hosted By Touchstone Diabetes Center

December 15, 2016
Peter Tontonoz, MD, PhD
UCLA Path & Lab Med
"Lipoprotein receptor degradation in physiology and disease: common mechanisms, diverse pathways"
Hosted by Center for Human Nutrition


December 22, 2016


December 29, 2016


January 5, 2017


January 12, 2017

Allison W. Xu, Ph.D.
Associate Professor Diabetes Center
University of California, San Francisco
Hosted by Division of Hypothalamic Research
"Hypothalamic Regulation of Metabolic Efficiency"

January 19, 2017

Hongtao Yu, Ph.D.
Professor, Immunology
Michael L. Rosenberg Scholar in Medical Research
The Serena S. Simmons Distinguished Chair in Cancer Immunopharmacology
"Mitotic checkpoint regulators in insulin signaling "
Hosted by Hypothalamic Research

January 26, 2017
Peter Crawford, MD, PhD
Associate Professor and​ Director, Cardiovascular Metabolism Program
Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute

February 2, 2017
Takeshi Yokoo, M.D., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor Radiology
UTSW Medical Center Dallas
"Quantitative MRI biomarkers in NAFLD/NASH"

February 9, 2017
Clay F. Semenkovich, MD
Irene E. and Michael M. Karl Professor Chief, Division of Endocrinology,
Metabolism & Lipid Research Washington University
Hosted By Touchstone Diabetes Center
“Lipid Signaling in Diabetes”

February 16, 2017
Alan Saltiel
UC San Diego
Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism
Hosted By Touchstone Diabetes Center
"Inflammatory links between obesity and Type 2 diabetes"

March 2, 2017
Michael P. Czech
Isadore and Fannie Foxman Professor Chair,
Program in Molecular Medicine
University of Massachusetts Medical School
Hosted By Touchstone Diabetes Center
"Crosstalk between fat metabolism and neuronal signaling"

March 9, 2017
Richard Simerly, PhD
The Saban Research Institute of Children's Hospital Los Angeles
Hosted by Division of Hypothalamic Research
"Constructing Neural Architecture for Metabolic Regulation"

March 16, 2017
No Conference /Spring Break

March 23, 2017
Shane T. Hentges,
Ph.D. Associate Professor
Colorado State University Biomedical Sciences- Neuroscience
Hosted by Division of Hypothalamic Research
"Transmitter diversity and plasticity in hypothalamic neurons contributing to energy balance regulation"
Hosted by Division of Hypothalamic Research

March 30, 2017
Alan G. Watts
Professor Past-President,
The Society for the Study of Ingestive Behaviors
Neuroscience Program & Dept. of Biological Sciences
USC Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences
"Neural Networks and Metabolic Control"
Hosted by Division of Hypothalamic Research

April 7, 2017 ( Friday )
C. Ronald Kahn
Joslin Diabetes Center
“The Plasticity of Adipose Tissue and its Mechanisms of Communication with Other Tissues”
Hosted By Touchstone Diabetes Center

April 13, 2017
Joseph Bass
Hosted by Division of Endocrinology
“Genomic Basis for Molecular Clock control of Metabolism”

April 20, 2017
Robert V. Farese, Jr.
Professor of Genetics and Complex Diseases
Department of Genetics and Complex Diseases
Harvard School of Public Health

April 27, 2017

May 4, 2017
Carol Elias
Associate Professor, Molecular & Integrative Physiology
Associate Professor, Obstetrics & Gynecology
University of Michigan
“Neural circuits linking leptin and reproduction”
Hosted by Division of Hypothalamic Research

May 11, 2017
Steven Wolf M.D.
UTSouthwestern Medical Center Dallas
Hosted by Touchstone Diabetes Center

May 18, 2017
McGarry Symposium
Guest Speaker  Lewis C. Cantley, Ph.D
Meyer Director, Sandra and Edward Meyer Cancer Center
at Weill Cornell Medicine/ Ronald P. Stanton Clinical Cancer Program at



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