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Keywords: Beta cell Islet

Record History
Added on September 7, 2016 at 4:37 PM by Brown, Deborah
Modified on October 20, 2016 at 4:17 PM by Brown, Deborah
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Meeting Details

Start Date / Time October 26, 2016 at 9:00 AM
End Date / Time October 26, 2016 at 9:55 AM
Duration 55 minutes
Location 512 Light Hall
Presenter Name Joseph Elsakr (Gannon (lab)
Presentation Title “The Effects of In Utero High Fat Diet Exposure on the Endocrine Pancreas of the Offspring”
Status This meeting has already occurred

Meeting Agenda/Notes

The Developmental Origins of Health and Disease Hypothesis states that the gestational environment influences adult disease risk and plays a role in disease etiology. Epidemiological studies have shown that maternal overnutrition increases the offspring's risk of metabolic disease later in life. My project aims to build on a foundation of studies describing how maternal diet influences the endocrine pancreas of the offspring. Specifically, I use both mouse and non-human primate models to investigate the effects of maternal high fat diet on islet cell distribution, mass, and function, as well as epigenetic changes that may play a role in disease susceptibility.