SEC Symposium to Highlight Researchers from All Conference Universities

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:

  • Claude Bouchard, John W. Barton Sr. Chair in Genetics and Nutrition at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center
  • Nikhil Dhurandhar, John H. Hernandez Endowed Professor in Health Promotion at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center
  • Carol Lammi-Keefe, Alma Beth Clark Professor in the LSU School of Human Ecology
  • Melinda Sothern, director of behavioral health/professor of research/clinical exercise physiologist professor at the LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans


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 prevention.

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 among participants.

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

For a complete list of participants from each SEC university, visit

Ernie  Ballard 
LSU Media Relations

Posted on Wednesday, June 4, 2014