8th Annual Obesity Research Incubator Session

8th Annual Obesity Research Incubator Session

Friday, May 10, 2:00 – 5:30pm, Hale Building for Transformative Medicine 


On Friday May 10th, nearly 100 researchers and clinicians from over 20 institutions gathered at BWH to share ideas, promote cross-collaborative research efforts and identify new areas for further investigation to address the challenging public health crisis caused by obesity. This 8th annual symposium commenced with short talks by selected junior speakers, all of whom received an award of $500. They were followed by keynote speaker, Caroline Apovian, MD, who gave an outstanding overview of the key research discoveries that have made significant contributions to the way obesity is treated in the clinic. This was followed by an electronic poster session featuring 30 presentations covering a broad range of research addressing many different aspects of obesity. Four posters stood out among the rest and were awarded prizes of $250.

This event is a great opportunity for investigators meet colleagues, learn what they are working on and set the foundation for future collaborations. If you were not able to join us this time, we hope to see you next year.


Keynote Speaker

Translating Obesity Research to the Practice of Obesity Medicine 

Caroline Apovian, MD

Professor of Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine 


Poster Winners:

Leveraging Immunometabolic Control to Prevent and Treat Obesity Related Asthma

Furkan Burak, MD

Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health


Hepatocyte p53 ablation induces metabolic dysregulation that is corrected by food restriction and vertical sleeve gastrectomy

Bethany Cummings, DVM, PhD

Cornell University


Inhibiting Mitochondrial Fission Enhances Mitochondrial Respiratory Capacity and Insulin Signaling in Culture Myotubes Derived from Obese Humans

Benjamin Kugler, MS

University of Massachusetts Boston


The contribution of obesity to adult initiation of chronic prescription opioid use in the US: Results from MEPS, 2000 – 2015

Dielle Lundberg

Boston University School of Public Health


Selected Speakers:

Fecal Microbiota Transplantation by Oral Capsules for the Treatment of Obesity: A Randomized, Placebo-Controlled Pilot Trials

Jessica Allegretti, MD, MPH

Assistant Professor of Medicine

Division of Gastroenterology



Identification of novel microbe-metabolome signatures associated with insulin sensitivity in mice

Jennifer Lee, PhD

Instructor in Medicine

Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism

Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital


Investigating how the source od dietary fat shapes the anti-chancer immune response in obesity

Lydia Lynch, PhD

Instructor in Medicine

Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Hypertension



Poster Winners from top left moving clockwise:

Furkan Burak, MD, Dielle Lundberg,  Benjamin Kugler, MS, Bethany Cummings, DVM, PhD,