For Immediate Release


Yvonne M. Psaila

Director of Marketing & Communications

Keystone Symposia on Molecular & Cellular Biology

(970) 262-2676



Keystone Symposia Invites Public to a Free Presentation entitled
“New Research on the Metabolic Health Impact of Weight Change”



SILVERTHORNE, CO – January 20, 2010 – Keystone Symposia on Molecular and Cellular Biology, in conjunction with  Café Scientifique, invites the community to attend a free public talk on the metabolic health impact of weight change on Monday, January 25, 2010 from 7:00 to 8:30 PM. This informative and interactive event will take place at the Silverthorne Town Hall in the Council Chambers Room.


The presentation will focus on the important health impacts of controlling weight, as well as the newly discovered links between weight gain/obesity and inflammation.  Growing evidence indicates that inflammation is what links obesity to the development of insulin resistance, Type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. The event will be moderated by Dr. Andrew Robertson, Keystone Symposia’s Chief Scientific Officer. There will be time for Q&A, and light refreshments will be served.


The featured speaker is Dr. Steven E. Shoelson, Section Head of Cellular and Molecular Physiology at the Joslin Diabetes Center and Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. An internationally recognized leader in diabetes research, Dr. Shoelson received his Ph.D. in chemistry and M.D. from the University of Chicago. After training in internal medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, he joined the faculty at the Joslin Diabetes Center in 1988. He has received numerous awards and honors, including a Burroughs Wellcome Fund Scholar Award in Experimental Therapeutics, the Excellence in Diabetes Research Award from the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and a MERIT award from the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Shoelson holds the Helen and Morton Adler Chair at the Joslin Diabetes Center.

Dr. Shoelson’s current areas of focus include the pathophysiology of insulin resistance and Type 2 diabetes as well as the structural biology of diabetes and insulin resistance. He is in Summit County to attend and speak at Keystone Symposia’s joint scientific conferences on “Adipose Tissue Biology” and “Neuronal Control of Appetite, Metabolism and Weight.” Scheduled for January 24-29, 2010 at Keystone Conference Center, the conferences are expected to draw more than 500 scientists from around the world to the County.



About Keystone Symposia


Keystone Symposia on Molecular and Cellular Biology, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, has been conducting internationally renowned, open scientific conferences since 1972 and has been headquartered in Summit County, Colorado since 1990, when the organization left the University of California at Los Angeles.  Each year, Keystone Symposia holds 50-60 meetings involving more than 13,000 scientists from around the world. Most of the meetings are held in the Rocky Mountain U.S. states and Canadian provinces, with a growing number each year overseas.  The organization depends greatly on the generous support provided by corporations, foundations and individual donors. More information can be found at



About Café Scientifique


Café Scientifique is a local Summit County group organized by Elmer Koneman, M.D. that convenes discussions on topics of scientific and medical interest for the local community. It has six additional events planned through August in addition to the January event.