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Center for Energy Balance Journal Club

Transdisciplinary Energy Balance Journal Club is open to all!

Our journal club meets the second Friday of every month from 12-1 p.m. to discuss breaking state-of-the-science research related to Energy Balance. The transdisciplinary journal club on energy balance in cancer brings researchers from multiple disciplines together to examine a different energy balance-related topic each month. Our moderators discuss current research ranging from basic mechanisms of energy balance and cancer, effect of energy balance on clinical outcomes, behavior change and exercise, diet, and obesity, and public health implications. Our intent is to highlight the translational and multi-disciplinary nature of energy balance research and facilitate communication among interested researchers. Future topics include: 

  • Visceral adiposity
  • Selection of animal models for energy balance research
  • Circadian rhythms in energy balance-related behaviors and effects on weight changes 
  • Health disparities related to visceral adiposity
  • And more!

Regular Moderators: Ann Klopp, Susan Schembre, and Rosemarie Schmandt

A healthy lunch will be provided to the first 20 attendees!

Upcoming Journal Club

January 29, 2015

Obesity and Enhancement of Cancer Hallmarks

Past Journal Clubs 

December 12, 2014

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Obesity and oral health, Is there an implication for cancer prevention and survival?

November 14, 2014

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The Not-So-Sweet Impact of Artificial Sweeteners: Artificial sweeteners induce glucose intolerance by altering the gut microbiota

October 10, 2014

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Visceral adiposity and clinical outcomes in postmenopausal women with operable breast cancer. Does body shape matter?

September 12, 2014

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The Ketogenic Diet and Potential Applications for Cancer Therapy

July 18, 2014

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Could Fasting while Receiving Chemotherapy be Beneficial?

June 13, 2014

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The Effects of Screen Time Behaviors on Food and Beverage Intake.

May 9, 2014

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Social support and physical activity: Do you think you're better off alone?

April 11, 2014

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Are Scientists about to change their mind about diet again? A recent review argues that the associations between dietary fat and Heart Disease are not evidence-based.

March 14, 2014

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Pancreatic Cancer Cachexia: A Model for Etiology & Therapy

January 10, 2014

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Stress, Obesity, and Inflammation: Pathways to Health Disparities

December 13, 2013

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Psychosocial factors predicting physical activity in cancer survivors: How do we get patients to exercise?

November 8, 2013

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Obesity and Cancer Outcomes - "Can Prognosis be changed with diet and exercise?" 

October 11, 2013

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Animal Models and Physical Activity 

September 13, 2013

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Gut Microbiome - Debugging the Obesity and Cancer Link 

August 9, 2013

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Built Environment & Fast Food Density

July 12, 2013

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Obesity and the Brain & Food Addictions. Can you be addicted to food?

June 14, 2013

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Sound Mind, Sound Body: A Role for BDNF* in Cancer Prevention (*brain-derived neurotrophic factor)

Can a Stimulating Life Ward Off Cancer? By Jocelyn Kaiser

May 10, 2013

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The Impact of Diabetes and Antidiabetic Treatments on Cancer

April 12, 2013

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Fat or Fiction? The Myths, Presumptions and Facts about Obesity

March 8, 2013

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Meeting in the Middle... The Bio-Behavioral Determinants of Visceral Adiposity

February 8, 2013

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Location, Location, Location... Why Visceral Fat Matters!


June's Journal Club Teaser... Brain Derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF) and Obesity

Please contact us with any energy balance-related topics or publications that you want to see discussed in the future!

Upcoming Events

January 29, 2015
Studying Nutrition Today for the Health of Future Generations
A novel chemopreventive strategy based on production of therapeutic microRNAs in plants 
Dr. Vicki Vance (Host: Kendal Hirschi, PhD)
8:30-9:00 a.m.
Children's Nutrition Research Center, 1100 Bates St. Houston TX 77030
Howland Auditorium, 2nd Floor
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January 29, 2015
Energy Balance Journal Club
Obesity and Enhancement of Cancer Hallmarks 
Dr. Enrique Fuentes-Mattei
12:00-1:00 p.m.
FCT3 rms 2 and 7
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