The 13th annual meeting of the Indiana CTSI is just over one month away. The meeting is titled, Preventing the Smoldering Pandemic of Obesity and the Metabolic Syndrome. The topic is relevant with more than 35% of Indiana’s population being obese and putting those individuals at the greatest risk for developing the metabolic syndrome. For those who aren’t familiar, the metabolic syndrome is a cluster of conditions such as increased blood pressure, high blood sugar, excess body fat around the waist, and abnormal cholesterol or triglyceride levels that occur together and increase a person’s risk of heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes. It is currently estimated that over 300 million people suffer from obesity, for which the term “globesity” has been coined. The World Health Organization calls obesity one of “the most blatantly visible, yet most neglected public health problems.” We are going to address it, with presenters from across the translational research spectrum and each of our partner universities.
The meeting will begin and end with presentations by the 2021 winner of the prestigious Watanabe Prize for translational research, who will also serve as the keynote speaker for the event, Dr. Nancy J. Brown, Dean of Yale Medical School.
We are expecting approximately 60 posters to be presented as part of the poster session at this year’s meeting. Make time to view the latest research on a broad variety of health topics. We are also hosting a Research Rally with all 80 research service cores from across the state invited to share their capabilities, technology and equipment that can help enhance any research project.