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Barnstable Brown Diabetes Center - Obesity and Diabetes Research Day

University of Kentucky Gatton Student Center


10th Annual Barnstable Brown Diabetes and Obesity Research Series
Virtual Seminar Series November 5, 12, 19, 2020

Each year, researchers from the University of Kentucky and other regional institutes share their current findings and ongoing research about the alarming rise in obesity and diabetes rates at the Barnstable Brown Diabetes Center – Obesity and Diabetes Research Day.

Presenters also discuss prevention and treatment of these epidemic-level diseases.

  • 2020 Speakers

    Dr. Ana Maria Arbeláez

    Ana Maria Arbelaez

    Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Chief of Pediatric Endocrinology and Co-Director for the TL1 Predoctoral Interdisciplinary Clinical Research Training Program at Washington University. 

    Presentation: The Brain and Diabetes

    Dr. Ana María Arbeláez received her medical degree from Universidad del Valle in Cali, Colombia. She then completed a pediatric internship and residency at St. Louis Children’s Hospital, and a pediatric endocrinology fellowship at Washington University. Currently, she is an associate professor of pediatrics, the chief of pediatric endocrinology and the co-director for the TL1 Predoctoral Interdisciplinary Clinical Research Training program at Washington University.  

    Her work has been supported by numerous foundations and NIH R01 awards. She also has led a multidisciplinary team of national and international investigators funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to determine the effects of malnutrition, a state of chronic glucose deprivation in the developing brain.  

    Dr. Arbeláez also has won multiple awards, including the Best Doctors in America® honor five years running. She also was elected into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society.  

    Dr. Maureen Gannon

    Maureen Gannon

    Maureen Gannon received her B.S. in Biology from Molloy College in Rockville Centre, NY and her M.S. in Biology from Adelphi University in Garden City, NY.  She received her Ph.D. in Cell Biology and Anatomy from Cornell University in 1995.

    Presentation: Enhancing functional b-cell mass and cardiac function by targeting prostaglandin E2 receptors

    Dr. Gannon is currently Professor in the Department of Medicine and Associate Dean for Faculty Development at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Her laboratory focuses on the regulation of beta cell mass during development and postnatally in response to physiological and pathological stimuli. Her research has been funded by JDRF, NIH, ADA, and the VA. 

    Dr. Gannon is a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS fellow since 2015), the American Diabetes Association, the American Physiological Society, the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation, the Endocrine Society and the Society for Developmental Biology. She enjoys volunteering, singing, Irish step dancing, playing guitar, drawing/painting, and camping. 


    Dr. Emil Unanue

    Emil Unanue

    Paul and Ellen Lacy Professor of Pathology & Immunology and Medicine at Washington University School of Medicine 

    Presentation: Why are Pancreatic Islets Susceptible to Type 1 Diabetic Autoimmunity? 

    Dr. Emil Unanue graduated from medical school at the University of Havana, Cuba. He completed training at Presbyterian University Hospital in Pittsburgh, at Scripps Clinic and Research Foundation in La Jolla, Calif., and at the National Institute for Medical Research in Mill Hill, London. He later became Mallinckrodt Professor of Immunopathology at Harvard University Medical Center. He is currently a Paul and Ellen Lacy Professor of Pathology & Immunology and Medicine at Washington University School of Medicine. 

    Dr. Unanue has won multiple awards, including the Gerold Grodsky Basic Science Award from the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, and the Albert Lasker Basic Research Award. He is a member of the National Academy of Science. 

    His research examines the biochemistry and biology of antigen presentation, particularly how lymphocytes recognize protein antigens. His recent research focuses on the cellular and molecular basis of diabetic autoimmunity. 

  • 2020 Sponsors

    • Barnstable Brown Kentucky Diabetes & Obesity Center
    • The Center of Research in Obesity and Cardiovascular Disease-(P30GM127211) from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS)
    • University of Kentucky, Division of Nutritional Sciences in the Department of Pharmacology & Nutritional Sciences
    • The NIH T32 Training Grant, Pharmacology and Nutritional Sciences:  Multidisciplinary Approaches for Metabolic Disease T32DK007778 from the National Institutes of Health Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) Institute