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The Frank M. Norfleet Forum – Pediatric Obesity

The Frank M. Norfleet Forum for the Advancement of Health 
“Addressing Our Pediatric Obesity Epidemic: Research to Health Policy”


 Childhood obesity is a major national and international public health problem with serious implications for the future wellness of our population. Affected children will become adults with a greatly increased risk for diabetes, heart disease and other chronic diseases associated with significant morbidity and mortality that will severely burden our health care system. Obesity is especially prevalent in children in the Mid-South and Tennessee. A new collaborative initiative is under way in Memphis to address this critical problem through cutting-edge translational research supported by the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, the University of Memphis, and the Memphis Research Consortium, a state-funded initiative to foster collaboration across our local academic institutions and community. This meeting, made possible by the Frank M. Norfleet Forum for the Advancement of Health Fund for the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis, will allow obesity researchers, pediatric health care providers and stakeholders to interact with leading experts in pediatric obesity.

To register for the 24th Frank M. Norflett Forum, please visit: http://www.methodistmd.org


Guest Faculty

Claude Bouchard, Ph.D.

John W. Barton, Sr. Endowed Chair in Genetics and Nutrition
Pennington Biomedical Research Center
Louisiana State University
Baton Rouge, LA

Carey Lumeng, M.D., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
and Molecular and Integrative Physiology
University of Michigan Medical School
Ann Arbor, MI

Robert Lustig, M.D.
Professor of Pediatrics
University of California, San Francisco
President, Galileo Food Project
San Francisco, CA

Virginia Stallings, M.D.
UTHSC Department of Preventive Medicine Reeves Distinguished Visiting Professor in Nutrition
Professor of Pediatrics
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA

Leonardo Trasande, M.D., M.P.P.
Associate Professor of Pediatrics, 
Environmental Medicine and Health Policy
New York University
New York, NY

Denise E. Wilfley, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychiatry, Medicine, Pediatrics and Psychology
Washington University School of Medicine
St. Louis, MO

Friday, April 5, 2013

7:00 a.m. Registration / Breakfast

8:00 a.m. Welcome, Opening Remarks and Disclosures

Jonathan McCullers, M.D.
Dunavant Professor and Chair
University of Tennessee Health Science Center
Pediatrician-in-Chief, Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital, Memphis, TN

8:15 a.m. The Human Genome: One of the Drivers of the Obesity Epidemic

Claude Bouchard, Ph.D.

9:00 a.m. Pediatric Obesity, Nutrition and Health Policy

Virginia Stallings, M.D.
UTHSC Department of Preventive Medicine Distinguished Visiting Professor

9:45 a.m. Break

10:00 a.m. Darwin, Diet, Disease and Dollars

Robert Lustig, M.D.

10:45 a.m. Panel Discussion

Drs. Lustig, Lumeng, Stallings, Bouchard, Trusande, and Wilfley

11:30 am Lunch

12:30 p.m. Inflammation, Obesity and Disease

Carey Lumeng, M.D., Ph.D.

1:15 p.m. Behavioral Interventions in the Treatment of Pediatric Obesity

Denise E. Wilfley, Ph.D.

2:00 p.m. Break

2:15 p.m. Economic Impact of Pediatric Obesity and Health Policy

Leonardo Trasande, M.D., M.P.P.

3:00 p.m. Breakouts

-Treatment of Pediatric Obesity From the Clinic to the Community

-Conducting and Translating Genomic and Metabolic Research in Pediatric Obesity

-Impacting Local and State Government Public Policy on Pediatric Obesity

-A Public Health Approach to Overcoming Pediatric Obesity

3:45 p.m. Wrap up and Evaluations

4:00 p.m. Adjourn 


  1. Describe the metabolic abnormalities and morbidities associated with obesity in children and their relationship to nutrition, including excessive sugar intake, genetics and inflammation in the setting of the metabolic syndrome.

  2. Identify evidence-based treatment strategies for childhood obesity, including behavioral and community-based interventions.

  3. Outline the economic consequences of pediatric obesity and the impact on health policy.

  4. Identify strategies to modify health policy to address the obesity epidemic with a focus on prevention and intervention in children.

  5. Provide opportunity for local researchers, clinicians and community stakeholders in pediatric obesity to interact with national experts in the field in structured panel and small group settings.

Target Audience

This course is designed for pediatricians, family physicians, nurse practitioners, and other health care professionals involved in the treatment and prevention of obesity and its complications in children, as well as basic and translational researchers, community partners and other stakeholders.


The Frank M. Norfleet Forum for the Advancement of Health, and this year's topic, Pediatric Obesity, are made possible by the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis’s Frank M. Norfleet Forum for the Advancement of Health Fund. This endowed fund was created in 1979 with a gift from Dunbar Abston, Sr., in honor of Frank M. Norfleet. The University of Tennessee Health Science Center is proud to collaborate with Le Bonheur Children's Hospital and Methodist Healthcare to present this year's 24th Frank M. Norfleet Forum for the Advancement of Health.

Course Director

Dennis D. Black, M.D.
J. D. Buckman Professor of Pediatrics
Professor of Physiology
Director, Children’s Foundation Research Institute
Vice President for Research, Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital
University of Tennessee Health Science Center


Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. 

Methodist LeBonheur Healthcare is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Tennessee Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.


Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare designates this live activity for a maximum of 6.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits. 

Physicians should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Application for CME credit has been filed with the American Academy of Family Physicians. Determination of credit is pending.

Faculty Disclosure 

As a provider accredited by ACCME, Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare must ensure balance, independence, objectivity and scientific rigor in its educational activities.  The course director, planning committee, faculty, and all others who are in a position to control the content of this educational activity are required to disclose all relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest related to the subject matter of the educational activity.  Safeguards against commercial bias have been put in place.  Faculty also will disclose any off-label and/or investigational use of pharmaceuticals or instruments discussed in their presentation.  Disclosure of these relevant financial relationships will be published in course materials so those participants in the activity may formulate their own judgments regarding the presentation.


Registration fee is $50 for physicians, which includes CME cost, and  $25.00 for all other healthcare professionals.  The registration fee includes course material, breakfast, lunch, breaks, and parking.

Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare and The University of Tennessee reserve the right to alter, reschedule, or cancel this program should circumstances so dictate. For further information, call (901) 516-8933 or visit www.methodistmd.org.

Conference Materials

Conference materials will be available electronically on April 2, 2013.  After registering for the conference, you will be given a link and password to access the materials.

Course Alterations

Changes in the program faculty, topics, and/or schedule may be necessary.  These may occur without notice when time does not permit notification.

Conference Site

The FedEx Institute of Technology supports the mission of the University of Memphis by facilitating interdisciplinary research, licensing technologies, developing entrepreneurs to support local economic development, and engaging corporate partners to foster mutually beneficial collaboration with University of Memphis faculty.

Plenary sessions and breakout sessions will be held in The Zone.  All located at 365 Innovation Drive; Memphis, Tennessee – on the University of Memphis Campus.


Parking is available in the garage located adjacent to the FedEx Institute of Technology building.

Recommended Hotel Accommodations

Holiday Inn University of Memphis
3700 Central Avenue
Memphis, TN  38111

Online reservations:  www.holidayinn.com/mem-uofm; use booking code NPO

By Phone:  901-678-8200

Hotel is across from the conference center with a rate of $110 per person per night before tax; complimentary shuttle service to/from airport available daily 7am -10pm with advance reservation. 

Program Registration Form

On-line registration available at www.methodistmd.org 


Mail or fax your completed registration form and tuition to:

Continuing Medical Education
Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare
251 S. Claybrook; Ste. 222
Memphis, TN 38104
PHONE: (901) 516-8933 
FAX: (901) 516-8811

Fri, April 5, 2013
07:00 AM - 04:00 PM

$50 for Physicians, $25 for All Others

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