Journal Clubs

Journal Clubs for the fall semester will be held via Zoom. Please contact to be added to the Zoom meeting invitations.

FAT Chat
Discussion of novel methods and technology (FACS, flow, Incucyte, IF and IHC) for characterizing white adipose tissue (precursors, mature adipocytes, immune cells).
• Organizer: Kathleen Gavin
• Meetings: 3rd Thursday of the month from 3-4pm starting 9/17
• Attendees: 6+ local scientists, but growing
Contact: Kathleen Gavin –

BAT Chat
Discussion of articles and concepts related to brown fat.
• Organizer: Ed Melanson
• Meetings: 2nd Monday of the month, 10 am during the academic year (September – May)
• Attendees: 15+, including NIH and international consortium of participants
Contact: Ed Melanson –

Chronomania / Sleepyheads
Part journal club, part working group that discusses topics related to the physiology of human sleep and technical aspects of measuring human sleep in clinical studies. Scientists obsessed with time discuss topics such as the optimal timing of energy intake and exercise for metabolic health, intermittent fasting, and circadian rhythms in metabolism.
• Meetings: 4th Tuesday of the month, 9-10 am
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Physical Activity Methods
This journal club is focused on discussing recent advancements in the methodologies used to process and interpret accelerometer data. Every month, one individual will lead a discussion on a recently published paper, a manuscript they are currently working on, or data they have recently collected. Content is distributed through a private google group. If you are interested in participating and joining the discussion (in person or virtually over Zoom).
• Organizer: Jen Blankenship
• Meetings: the 1st Monday of the month at 10 am during the academic year (September – May)
Contact: Jen Blankenship –

Chow Chat (Nutrition)
Discussion of current nutrition related trends and topics regarding their translational and clinical implementation for professionals and the general public.
• Organizer: Tyson Marden 
• Meetings: fourth Tuesday of every month 

Molecular Metabolism
Please join us for a monthly NORC-journal club, “Molecular Metabolism”.  This journal club combines the interests of previous “mitochondria and metabolism” and “neuroendocrine” journal clubs, and aims to discuss cutting-edge research that advances our understanding of fundamental metabolic processes. We hope that bringing a diverse group of basic and clinical metabolic scientists together will facilitate new insights into the molecular mechanisms that underlie metabolic health and disease
• Organizer: Amy Keller & Kimberly Bruce
• Meetings: last Thursday of every month at 4 pm

A monthly journal club discussing challenges and controversies in developmental origins of health and disease (DOHaD) across multiple disciplines. 
• Organizer: Ellen Francis
• Meetings: 2nd Mondaya from 12-1pm starting on October 12th

Exercise & Metabolism (EXAM)
Our group is broadly focused on studying exercise and metabolism. Each month we host speakers with complementary research interests to our own with the goals of learning about new and different things going on on campus and identifying potential collaborations. 
• Organizer: Rebecca Scalzo
• Meetings: 3rd Monday of the month 
Contact: Ashley Ertmer –

Bone Think Tank
Our group presents ideas for upcoming grant submissions, studies in progress, and results from musculoskeletal research studies.
Organizer: Sarah Wherry and Christine Swanson
Meetings: Quarterly
Attendees: 10+ local scientists
Contact: Sarah Wherry –

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