• What:The 2018-19 New Frontiers in Biomedical Research Seminar Series
  • Presenter:Dr. Thomas Gettys, Professor at Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge.
  • Presentation:“The Sensing and Signaling Systems Linking Dietary Macronutrients to Tissue Specific Adaptive Responses: The Leverage Protein.” 
  • When and where:Monday, Sept. 24, University Hall 134

GettysAll are welcome to attend the seminar and reception that follows.

Gettys’ visit is sponsored by the College of Applied and Natural Sciences and the School of Biological Sciences.

The mission of Pennington Biomedical Research Center is to put “science to work for a healthier Louisiana” by discovering “the triggers of chronic disease through innovative research that improves human health across the lifespan.” Gettys’ research investigates nutrient sensing and adipocyte signaling with a focus on the signaling mechanisms that link dietary methionine restriction to enhancement of insulin sensitivity.

He earned his M.S. and Ph.D. in nutrition from Clemson University and was a professor of medicine and biochemistry at Medical University of South Carolina before joining the faculty at Pennington.  He has been awarded a number of NIH Collaborative Project Grants as well as individual grants and has published more 150 peer-reviewed manuscripts and book chapters.

cover imageGettys is the first of six guests visiting Louisiana Tech as part of the 2018-2019 seminar series. Information on the other speakers is below.

Monday, Feb. 11

  • “Reelin’ in Memories: Reversing Cognitive Defects from Normal Aging and Disease States”
  • Dr. Edwin J. Weeber, Ph.D.
  • Professor, Molecular Pharmacology and Physiology
  • Chief Scientific Officer, Byrd Alzheimer’s Institute
  • Director, Neurobiology of Learning Laboratory
  • University of South Florida
  • Lecture Sponsor:Center for Biomedical Engineering and Rehabilitation Science

Monday, March 25

  • “Picture as Portal: Using Visual Language to Advance Science and Technology”
  • Betsy Palay, MS, Certified Medical Illustrator
  • Co-Founder of S.P.A.R.K. — 5 strategies for the visual communication of science
  • Past President, Association of Medical Illustrators
  • Lecture Sponsors:Louisiana Tech University & VISTA

Monday, April 8

  • “Anabolic Endocrine Mechanisms with Target Tissues and Exercise”
  • Dr. William Kraemer
  • The Ohio State University
  • Head, Neuroscience/Neuromuscular Human Research Laboratory
  • Professor, Department of Human Sciences
  • Senior Scientific Advisor
  • Stanley D. and Joan H. Ross Center for Brain Health and Performance
  • Lecture Sponsor:Department of Kinesiology

Monday, April 29

  • “What the Senses, Rhetoric, and Literacy Can Teach Us about Communicating in Emergency Situations”
  • Dr. Elizabeth Angeli
  • Assistant Professor, English
  • 2019 Eunice C. Williamson Fellow in Health and Medical Communication
  • Marquette University
  • Lecture Sponsor:Eunice C. Williamson Endowment Fund and Center for Health and Medical Communication at Louisiana Tech University

Monday, May 6

  • “Computational Modeling of Proteins and Molecular Interactions: Beyond Simulation”
  • Dr. Lydia Kavraki
  • Noah Harding Professor of Computer Science and Professor of Bioengineering
  • Rice University
  • Lecture Sponsor:College of Engineering and Science