The Division of Education collaborates with Center scientists to organize symposia designed to help direct the scientific focus of the Center. These conferences draw top international scientists to Baton Rouge and allow them direct exposure to the research efforts of the Pennington Biomedical Research Center.


Adiposity in Children and Adolescents: Correlates and Clinical Consequences of Fat Stored in Specific Body Depots

12/5/2011 - 12/6/2011

Peter T. Katzmarzyk, Ph.D.
Pennington Biomedical Research Center, Baton Rouge, LA
Wei Shen, M.D.
New York Obesity Nutrition Research Center, St. Luke's – Roosevelt Hospital Center

Program Description:

Symposium Schedule (pdf)


  1. To integrate the latest published and unpublished findings on the laboratory and
    clinical assessment of depot-specific adiposity in children and adolescents.
  2. To understand the roles that sex and ethnicity play in explaining variation in depotspecific
    adiposity and related health outcomes across the pediatric age range.
  3. To identify opportunities for incorporating new markers of abdominal obesity into
    clinical practice guidelines for obesity in children and adolescents.

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