July 2019 Newsletter

DIRECTOR’S CORNER

Dr. Paul MacLean appointed as NORC Director. It is with pleasure that we announce that Paul MacLean, PhD, has accepted the position of the Director of the Colorado NORC. He has served as the interim director since the departure of Dr. Hill last year, and has since worked closely with campus leaders to develop and implement a new strategic plan that will maximize the NORC’s impact, foster the next generation of nutrition and obesity researchers, and promote interdisciplinary translational science. Dr. MacLean is a tenured Professor at the University of Colorado School of Medicine with 25 years of experience studying obesity and its metabolic complications. He has specific research interests in the biological drivers of weight regain after weight loss, exercise as a strategy for weight loss maintenance, and understanding how obesity affects key aspects of women’s health. He is dedicated to building and sup-porting the broader research and educational enterprise on the CU Anschutz Medical Campus through strong partnerships with the Colorado CTSI, the CWHR, UCCC, and sister institutions in the Rocky Mountain Region.

Caro Henauw, Grants and Contracts Professional. We are pleased to announce that Caro S.J. Henauw, M.S, has accepted the position of Grants & Con-tracts Professional, starting 7/1/19 for the Health & Wellness Center. Caro has worked in higher education for 10+ years, moving from program management into grants manage-ment several years ago. Most recently she was a member of the CU SOM – PreAward Shared Services team assisting investigators, postdoctoral fellows and graduate students in the Immunology and Microbiology Department with their PreAward needs. Prior to this, Caro worked for the Graduate School managing the Microbiology and Immunology doctoral training programs. Caro earned her Master’s degree in Communications from the University of Louisiana – Lafayette in 2006 and will be able to carry the Center forward in all things grants & contracts.

HIGHLIGHTS

NORC RESEARCH RETREAT, 10/8/2019! Save the Date!! This year’s Colorado NORC Research Retreat will be held on October 8th. The retreat and poster session will begin at 1pm, and will be located at the Nighthorse Campbell Shore Family Forum. Our Keynote Speaker will be Marie-Pierre St-Onge, PhD , Associate Professor of Nutritional Medicine, Department of Medicine at Columbia University Irving Medical Center. Dr. St-Onge’s research is focused on identifying the causality of the association between lifestyle behaviors, such as diet and sleep, and cardio-metabolic risk. A reception will follow at 5:30pm at the Anschutz Health & Wellness Center. Invitations will be sent in August.

Enrichment Program Updates. Each month we will feature NORC-sponsored journal clubs and interest groups to foster new collaborations. A full list of journal clubs can be found here. If you have a group with interests in nutrition and/or obesity, reach out to Dr. Ed Melanson to discuss how the NORC can support your efforts.
Chronomania Journal Club, led by Dr. Corey Rynders, is a group of scientists obsessed with time discuss topics such as the optimal timing of energy intake and exercise for metabolic health, intermittent fasting, and metabolic circadian rhythms.
Meetings: 10:00am the second Monday of each month in RC1 North, 1104 during the academic year (September – May). Contact Dr. Rynders (Corey.Rynders@ucdenver.edu) for more information about how to join and pass the time, with time!!

AHWC/NORC Summer Appreciation Event. Join us on Thursday, August 15th at 2pm at the An-schutz Health & Wellness Center for an afternoon of refreshments and networking with AHWC partners. We appreciate our member base and would love to get to know you better. Please RSVP by August 1st to Kristy.truesdale@cuanschutz.edu

Postdoctoral Research Associate Position. The Wesolowski Lab at the University of Colorado Perinatal Research Facility is seeking candidates for a Postdoctoral Research Associate position. The lab uses novel integrated tools (metabolic tracers in the fetus, cell culture, metabolomics, transcriptomics) aimed at understanding developmental programming and the consequences of intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR) on fetal liver metabolism and mechanisms underlying an early activation of glucose production and the development of insulin resistance. To inquire, please email a CV and letter of interest to: Stephanie R (Thorn) Wesolowski, PhD stephanie.wesolowski@ucdenver.edu

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