14th Annual NPOD 
Spring Retreat
“Causes and Consequences
of Obesity”

April 25, 2023


The Nebraska Center for the Prevention of Obesity Diseases (NPOD) hosted its 14th Annual Spring Retreat on Tuesday, April 25, 2023 at the Nebraska East Union (1705 Arbor Dr, Lincoln, NE 68503).  
The symposium is a free event for faculty, postdocs, students, staff, industry partners, and other interested parties.

Registration is closed.

Registration deadline: April 19, 2023

If you have any questions, please contact Verona Skomski at (vskomski@unl.edu).


8:30am         Registration and Continental Breakfast – Nebraska East Union - Arbor Suite
9:10am          Derek McLean (Dean Agricultural Research Division) – Welcome (Prairie Suite)
9:20am          Janos Zempleni (NPOD Director) – Introductions


Jorge E. Chavarro (Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health)

“Is there anything left to know about OBESITY and fertility?” 
10:30am       Break


Arion Kennedy (North Carolina State University)

"Role of MHC Class I in Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease”
12:00am         Lunch – Arbor Suite


Timothy P. Gavin (Purdue University)

“Look Who's Talking – The Good and Bad of cell-to-cell communication in skeletal muscle”
2:30pm          Poster Session* – Arbor Suite
4:00pm          Awards and Concluding Remarks – Arbor Suite


*Student/Postdoctoral Associate Poster Competition:
Three winning posters will be recognized with a $150 award and a framed certificate. 



Jorge E. Chavarro
(Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health)


Arion Kennedy 
(North Carolina State University)


Timothy P. Gavin 
(Purdue University)

Funding for this symposium has been provided by grant support through the National Institute of General Medical Sciences of the National Institutes of Health under Award Number P20GM104320.
We also like to thank the Department of Nutrition and Health Sciences and the College of Education and Human Sciences for their support.


University of Nebraska-Lincoln
316 Leverton Hall
phone: 402-472-3862