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Scholarship Opportunity! Exploring the Obesity Epidemic Lecture Series

Scholarship Opportunity! Exploring the Obesity Epidemic Lecture Series

The School of Science; School of Nursing, Health, and Exercise Science; and School of Business are pleased to host and co-sponsor the TCNJ–Novo Nordisk Lecture Series during the 2017-2018 academic year.

The series theme is “Understanding Obesity: A Multidisciplinary Challenge” and will include four lectures throughout the year. For more information, please visit: In addition to sponsoring the Lecture Series, Novo Nordisk will support four Novo Nordisk Student Scholarships in the amount of $2,500 each for the 2018-2019 academic year. These scholarships will be competitively awarded to students who have attended at least two of the TCNJ–Novo Nordisk lectures during the 2017-2018 academic year and who have been deeply engaged in TCNJ’s signature experiences.

We invite you to the first lecture this Thursday:

Thursday, September 21, 2017

“Exploring the Obesity Epidemic: How Did We Get Here?”

5:00-6:30 p.m. (Lecture & Reception), Mayo Concert Hall


Dr. Todd Hobbs, MD, Vice President and Chief Medical Officer for Novo Nordisk in North America

Presentation Overview

The first in a four-part series of lectures highlighting the continued partnership between Novo Nordisk and TCNJ, this initial lecture will introduce the audience to the significant challenges facing the U.S. healthcare system as it attempts to control the rising epidemic of obesity and its related conditions.  Dr. Hobbs will outline the scope of the problem, including factors that have contributed to the prevalence of obesity as well as current definitions used to define obesity.  The stigma associated with obesity will be discussed, as well as how many patient and professional groups are attempting to address this stigma and encourage patients to achieve positive outcomes through weight loss.  Subsequent lectures will focus on public health efforts to address the obesity epidemic, the science behind developing effective obesity treatments, and understanding the commercial and market challenges that are present in the treatment of obesity.

The following are the dates and titles of the other lectures in this series:

  • Tuesday, November 7, 2017

“Bridging the Gap Between Public Health and Obesity Care”

5:00-6:30 p.m. (Lecture & Reception), Brower Student Center 225

  • Tuesday, March 20, 2018

“The Biology of Obesity and its Management”

12:00-1:30 p.m. (Lunch & Lecture), Education 212

  • Tuesday, April 3, 2018

“Make Obesity CARE Happen! A Human, Societal, Economic Mandate”

5:00-6:30 p.m. (Lecture & Reception), Education 212


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