Genetics and obesity expert to speak Oct. 1


Obesity Initiative at UGA

Claude Bouchard

Dr. Claude Bouchard

Eating more calories than you burn is a surefire way to put on the pounds. But do certain people’s genes put them at greater risk for weight gain and obesity?

World-renowned geneticist Claude Bouchard will discuss this and other obesity-related controversies during the fall 2013 Boyd Lecture on Oct. 1.  The lecture, titled “The Obesity Epidemic: Reflection on Contentious Issues” will take place at 3:30 p.m. in the UGA Hotel and Conference Center’s Mahler Hall.

Bouchard directs the Human Genomics Laboratory at Pennington Biomedical Research Center where he studies the genetics of obesity and related diseases, such as type 2 diabetes.

“Dr. Bouchard has been active in obesity-related research for decades, and he has helped shape policy on obesity and physical activity in the U.S. and abroad,” said Clifton Baile, director of the UGA Obesity Initiative, in a recent UGA Today news release.

In addition to the Boyd Lecture, Bouchard will also be giving a scientific lecture geared at faculty and staff.  This lecture “The Genomic and Epigenomic Evidence Among the Multiple Determinants of Obesity” will take place at 11:00 a.m. on Oct. 1, in room 203 of the Ramsey Center.

Read the UGA news release here for more information.