Arnold School lecture to feature obesity expert
Dr. Claude Bouchard, a leading scientist on the genetics of obesity, will be the guest speaker for the Arnold School of Public Health’s Delta Omega Society Lecture at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 5.
The lecture, which will be on the link between genetics and obesity, is free and open to the public. It will be in the Gressette Room, on the third floor of Harper College on the University of South Carolina’s historic Horseshoe. He also will speak at the Arnold School’s Hooding Ceremony for master’s and doctoral degree candidates at 9 a.m. Thursday, May 6, at the Koger Center.
Bouchard is director of the Pennington Biomedical Research Center, a campus of Louisiana State University. The center houses a number of research programs, including those on epidemiology and disease prevention, physical activity and health, cancer, diabetes and obesity. Dr. Bouchard’s research deals with the genetics of adaptation to exercise and to nutritional interventions, as well as the genetics of obesity and its co-morbidities.
The University of South Carolina awarded Bouchard an honorary doctoral degree in 2009. A foreign member of the Royal Academy of Medicine of Belgium since 1996, Bouchard is a member of the Order of Canada and a professor emeritus, Faculty of Medicine, Laval University in 2001. Laval presented him with the Alumnus of the Year Award in 2003. A Knight in the Ordre National du Quebec, Bouchard received the Earle W. Crampton Award in Nutrition from McGill University in 2005. He is a past president of the Obesity Society and a past president of the International Association for the Study of Obesity.
Bouchard is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine, the American Society of Nutrition, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. His research has been funded by various agencies in Canada and the United States, but mainly by the National Institutes of Health.