CON-SNP@McMaster University

The Canadian Obesity Network- Students and New Professionals McMaster University Chapter (CON-SNP@Mac) is composed of graduate students and faculty members with an interest in obesity research.

The CON-SNP@Mac strives to: 1) unify individuals across McMaster University campus with a common interest in obesity-related research; 2) promote academic, educational and social environments for new and established researchers and professionals cultivating interdisciplinary exchange; 3) raise awareness regarding issues surrounding the current obesity epidemic and use of related multidisciplinary research to identify potential remedies, both at the local and national level.

Established in 2008, CON-SNP@Mac has been successful in achieving the Chapter's goals by hosting Academic Sessions on a monthly basis throughout the academic school year. Graduate students, faculty members and health practitioners are invited to present their work at these sessions.

Previous speakers have included: Dr. Hertzel Gerstein (McMaster University), who presented on the relationship between exogenous insulin and cancer; Dr. Katherine Morrison (McMaster University), who presented on how to address childhood obesity through clinical research; Dr. Valerie Taylor (McMaster University), who presented on the role of mental health in the treatment of obesity; and Dr. Khosrow Adeli (Toronto Hospital for Sick Children), who presented on the the relation between fructose consumption and obesity, to list a few.