06/04/2014 10:11 AM
BATON ROUGE – All 14 member universities of the Southeastern Conference will be represented
by faculty and administrators who will participate in the 2014 SEC Symposium in Atlanta
on Sept. 21-23. Four researchers from LSU will attend “Prevention of Obesity: Overcoming
a 21st Century Public Health Challenge” symposium:
Obesity prevention and treatment are popular topics among media, lawmakers, healthcare
professionals and others. And, while the subjects have gained attention during the
past decade, the U.S. has not seen a significant reduction in population-level obesity
rates over the same 10-year span. As a result, researchers at the SEC Symposium hope
to identify ways to markedly reduce America’s obese and overweight populations, through
This year’s topics range from genetics, to technology and media, to environmental
influences. The symposium is divided into eight sessions of formal presentations and
includes informal breakout sessions intended to foster interaction and discussion
In addition to university presenters, there will also be two keynote speakers. On
Sunday, Sept. 21, Nancy Brown, chief executive officer of the American Heart Association,
will open the event. A second keynote address by Dr. Michael Lauer, director of the
Division of Cardiovascular Sciences at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute,
will begin Monday, Sept. 22.
Established by SEC presidents and chancellors, the annual SEC Symposium is led by
an SEC university and focuses on an issue of global interest. It also showcases the
academic excellence and underscores the educational and economic contributions of
the SEC’s members to the vitality of the Southeast region, nation and world.
The SEC Symposium is an academic conference-type event that also includes the SEC
presidents, chancellors and provosts reception, poster exhibitions, and SEC University
Showcase. To learn more about the 2014 SEC Symposium, visit www.secsymposium.com.
For a complete list of participants from each SEC university, visit http://www.thesecu.com/sec-symposium-highlights-researchers-from-all-conference-universities.php.
Posted on Wednesday, June 4, 2014