SCIENTIFIC SYMPOSIA SERIES

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.

SCIENTIFIC SYMPOSIA SERIES

The 2007 John S. McIlhenny Series of the Pennington Scientific Symposium: Diabetes Complications

1/29/2007 - 1/30/2007

Co-chairs:
Irina Obrosova, Ph.D., Pennington Biomedical Research Center
George King, M.D., Joslin Diabetes Center & Harvard Medical School
George Bray, M.D., Pennington Biomedical Research Center

Program Description:
The goal of this symposium is to review the mechanisms leading to the development of complications from diabetes, including neuropathy, nephropathy and retinal disease. Several mechanisms, including glycation, disturbances in intracellular signaling through the phospokinase C pathway and increased production of oxidized end-products of metabolism will be examined.

OBJECTIVES
1. To increase the knowledge of diabetes and its complications;
2. To enhance knowledge of the mechanisms for development of these complications;
3. To increase knowledge of approaches to therapy using molecular targets.

The Scientific Symposia Series was established in 2002 to attract world-renowned scientists to the Pennington Biomedical Research Center, to allow them the opportunity to interact and synthesize knowledge in selected areas of nutrition and preventive medicine research.

Scientific Symposia are coordinated by the Division of Education at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in conjunction with funding provided by the Pennington Foundation and other private resources. The Pennington Biomedical Research Foundation provides Pennington Biomedical Research Center with vital funding for this education series as well as for nutrition-based research that aims to curb the epidemic of obesity and prevent premature death from chronic diseases.