TUESDAY, OCT 31, 8:00 AM | View Session Information

We will kick off an amazing conference with Dr. Rudolph Leibel as he tackles the complex stem-cell based approaches.

Rudolph L. Leibel, MD

Head of the Division of Molecular Genetics in the Columbia University Department of Pediatrics

Stem Cell-derived Hypothalamic Neurons in the Elucidation of the Pathogenesis of Human Obesity: A New Frontier

Dr. Rudolph Leibel is Christopher J. Murphy Professor of Diabetes Research and Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine at Columbia University Medical Center, and Head of the Division of Molecular Genetics in the Department of Pediatrics. He is also Co-Director of the Naomi Berrie Diabetes Center, Co-PI of the Diabetes Research Center (DRC) and, PI of the New York Obesity Research Center (NYONRC). Click here to view Dr. Leibel’s full biography.


TUESDAY, OCT 31, 1:30 PM | View Session Information

Jens Juul Holst, MD, DMSc

Deputy Head of the Department of Biomedical Sciences in the University of Copenhagen

Jens Juul Holst is a Professor of Medical Physiology and Deputy Head of the Department of Biomedical Sciences, University of Copenhagen. He is also Research Director at the Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Basic Metabolic Research, University of Copenhagen. Click here to view Dr. Holst’s full biography.


WEDNESDAY, NOV 1, 10:30 AM | View Session Information

Kevin Hall, PhD

Senior Investigator in the Senior Investigator

Dr. Kevin Hall received his Ph.D. in Physics from McGill University and is now a tenured Senior Investigator at the National Institute of Diabetes & Digestive & Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), one of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, MD. Click here to view Dr. Hall’s full biography.


THURSDAY, NOV 2, 11:00 AM | View Session Information

Join leaders of the field of obesity and former NFL athletes for an engaging discussion about athletes battling the ongoing struggle of obesity. After the Keynote Address, all attendees are encouraged to ObesityWeek Lounge for one-on-one interactions with the speakers and fellow attendees.

Henry Buchwald, MD, PhD

Academic Health Center’s Academy for Excellence in Health Research Award Recipient

The Aging Professional Athlete

Henry Buchwald, MD, PhD, attended Columbia College (Valedictorian, 1954) and the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University. Studied under Wangensteen and Varco at the University of Minnesota. Professor of Surgery and Biomedical Engineering at the University of Minnesota. Click here to view Dr. Buchwald’s full biography.

James Thornton

Former NFL Professional Athlete

Player Prospective: Weight and Surgery

James Thornton pursued USFL, CFL & NFL careers as a defensive & offensive lineman. He’s lived in 15 countries, worked 8 Super Bowls, 6 Olympic Games and spent 7 seasons with the "NFL on Fox" game telecasts. In 2011 at 6’5” 505lbs, Gastric Sleeve surgery saved his life. Click here to view James Thornton’s full biography.

Corey Louchiey

Former NFL Professional Athlete

Player Prospective: Weight and Diet

Corey Louchiey is a decorated former NFL professional athlete, accomplished New York area business executive, and noted philanthropist. He is the Co-Founder of First & Life, a training and development company that teaches individuals and companies across the country how to be a catalyst for positive change in order to reach personal and professional goals and attain long-lasting success. Click here to view Corey Louchiey’s full biography.

Arthur Roberts, MD

National Football Foundation’s 2011 Distinguished American Award recipient

Screening Health Studies in Former NFL Players

Arthur “Archie” Roberts, MD, graduated from Columbia College in New York City. He was a student- athlete, playing three sports in college. He was an All American baseball player and pre-season Playboy All American football quarterback. Following college, he went to Medical School at Case Western Reserve Medical School and simultaneously played back-up NFL QB with the Cleveland Browns and Miami Dolphins (1967). Click here to view Dr. Roberts’ full biography.