Med School research day focuses on obesity

Nearly 100 research projects and a keynote presentation focused on one of the region’s most pressing health problems, obesity, at the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine’s Health Sciences Center Annual Research Day, which took place earlier this week.

The two-day research event was co-sponsored by Cabell Huntington Hospital (CHH) and its Senior Services Program.

Richard J. Johnson, M.D., chief of the division of renal disease and hypertension at the University of Colorado, was the special guest speaker for both the community event and Marshall’s academic event. Johnson’s community presentation, “Obesity,” focused on the causes of weight gain and overall energy balance and concerns about the intake of added sugars containing fructose in the Western diet.

Research Day showcased research conducted by medical students, graduate students, residents and postdoctoral fellows.