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7th Annual Childhood Obesity Symposium

The seventh annual Childhood Obesity Symposium is hosted by the Cardiometabolic Assessment Research and Education (CARE) Program at Phoenix Children’s Hospital. The symposium offers healthcare providers, researchers, and students an opportunity to learn from local experts in the area of pediatric obesity and obesity-associated conditions. This year we will focus on the research community in Arizona and bring those involved with childhood obesity to disseminate their work with the goal of promoting discussion, feedback, and collaboration.

This event is for healthcare professionals in:








Nutrition/ Dietetics


Symposium Agenda:
9:00-9:15am Welcome & Introductions
9:15-9:55am William Knowler, MD, DrPH (NIH/NIDDK)
9:55-10:25am Sheena Sharma, MD (Phoenix Children’s Hospital)
10:25-10:55am Scott Going, PhD (University of Arizona)
10:55-11:10am Break
11:10-11:40am Siddharta Angadi, PhD, FACSM (Arizona State University)
11:40-12:00pm Janiel Pimentel, MD (Phoenix Children’s Hospital)
12:00-12:30pm Lunch & Networking
12:30-12:40pm Terrence Stull, MD (Phoenix Children’s Hospital)
12:40-1:20pm Heather Carter, Ed.D (Keynote, State Senator)
1:20-1:50pm Helen Looker, MBBS, MRCP (NIH/NIDDK)
1:50-2:20pm Gabriel Shaibi, PhD (Arizona State University/Phoenix Children’s Hospital)
2:20-2:30pm Closing & Adjourn

William C. Knowler, MD, DrPH
Type 2 Diabetes in Children and Young Adults: Risk Factors and Consequences
Sheena Sharma, MD
Cystatin C and Cardiovascular Risk in Children with Chronic Kidney Disease
Scott Going, PhD
Obesity, Cardiometabolic Risk Factors, and Bone Development in Youth
Siddharta Angadi, PhD, FACSM
Exercise, Diastolic Function and Cardio-Oncology: Insights from Adults
Janiel Pimentel, MD
Adiposity and Type 2 Diabetes Risk in Latino Youth with Obesity
Heather Carter, Ed.D. (Keynote Speaker)
Effective Advocacy Strategies for Addressing the Obesity Crisis at State Capitols
Helen Looker, MBBS, MRCP
More Questions Than Answers: Childhood Obesity Research at the NIDDK, Phoenix
Gabriel Shaibi, PhD
Developing a Diabetes Prevention Framework Through Research, Mentorship, and Collaboration

You may park for free in the Cambridge Garage which is located on the west side of the building. Please park on the top floor of the garage first to leave enough spaces for our patient families. We highly encourage you to carpool with your colleages if possible.

Friday, March 22 at 9:00am to 2:30pm

Melvin L. Cohen Conference Room 1920 E. Cambridge Avenue, Phoenix, AZ



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