Professors Take Leadership Roles at Obesity Week 2014

Incoming Nutritional Sciences department chair will take over as president of The Obesity Society.

The newly formed Department of Nutritional Sciences at Texas Tech University is positioning itself to be among the world’s leading programs in obesity and nutritional sciences with substantial contributions to this week’s annual scientific sessions of The Obesity Society at ObesityWeek in Boston this week.

Obesity Week is an annual event that brings together experts and policymakers from throughout the world to discuss obesity research and treatment. It began Sunday and continues through Friday.

Among the contributions being made, Obesity Research Cluster director Naima Moustaid-Moussa’s Nutrigenomics, Inflammation & Obesity Research lab is presenting on the topic of inflammation in obesity with a study finding eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), an omega-3 fatty acid found primarily in certain types of fish, could reduce inflammation and obesity. Graduate student Monique Lemieux, who won an award for a presentation at Obesity Week 2013, is presenting the study.

“This work is about added beneficial effects of an omega-3 fatty acid, EPA, already known to reduce blood and liver triglycerides,” Moustaid-Moussa said. “Here we have shown in animal studies that EPA reduces obesity and insulin resistance induced by a high-fat diet in part by decreasing fat tissue expansion and inflammation.”