University of Illinois at Chicago 8th Annual Diabetes and Obesity Research Day is Going VIRTUAL

Tuesday, October 13, 2020
• 12:00 -1:00 PM: Angela Odoms-Young, PhD, Assoc Prof, Dept of Nutrition, UIC
“Context Matters”: Implications of Systemic Racism and Income Inequality for Addressing Disparities in Diabetes
• 1:00-2:00 PM: Emerging & Young Investigator Awardee presentations
• Virtual Poster Session (with poster awards)

The 8th annual University of Illinois at Chicago Diabetes and Obesity Research Day will take place online on October 13th, 2020. The Keynote presentation will focus on diversity and health disparities in Diabetes. Emerging and Young Investigator awardees will present their research, and research also will be highlighted in a virtual poster session with awards for outstanding posters. Please see below for more event information, including submission of applications for Emerging and Young Investigator awards and poster presentations.

Grand Rounds Speaker

Angela Odoms-Young, PhD is an Associate Professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Nutrition in the College of Applied Health Sciences at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) and is the Associate Director for Research and Education in the Office of Community Engagement and Neighborhood Health Partnerships also at UIC. Her research explores the social and structural determinants of dietary behaviors and diet-related diseases in low-income and Black/Latinx populations and centers on identifying culturally appropriate programs and policies that promote health equity, food justice, and community resilience. Dr. Odoms-Young has over 20 years’ experience partnering with communities to improve nutrition and health and 200+ academic publications, book chapters, and presentations. She has served on numerous advisory committees and boards including the National Academy of Sciences Food and Nutrition Board, the Institute of Medicine committees to develop the nutrition standards for the National School Lunch Program/School Breakfast Program and to revise the food packages provided in the Supplemental Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), and Council on Black Health. Locally, Dr. Odoms-Young has been a member of the Board of the Greater Chicago Food Depository (previous), American Heart Association Chicago Metro Board (current), and Blacks in Green (current). Dr. Odoms-Young received her B.S. in Foods and Nutrition from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and M.S./PhD in Community Nutrition from Cornell University. Additionally, she completed a Family Research Consortium Postdoctoral Fellowship examining family processes in diverse populations at the Pennsylvania State University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Community Health Scholars Fellowship in community-based participatory research at the University of Michigan School of Public Health.  Prior to joining UIC, Dr. Odoms-Young served on the faculty of Northern Illinois University in Public Health and Health Education.

Emerging and Young Investigator Awards

We are inviting applications for Emerging and Young Investigator Awards for our annual Diabetes & Obesity Research Day.

Awards ($200 each for 3 EIAs and $500 for 1 YIA) will be given to new investigators pursuing basic, clinical, translational, behavioral and/or community-based research related to diabetes and/or obesity, and awardees will give short presentation of their research during an online session on October 13.

Application deadline is midnight, September 13, 2020

Poster Submission

We invite you to submit posters to our virtual posters. Awards will be given for outstanding posters.

Posters should be submitted as a powerpoint presentation, no more than 6 slides total.  You are encouraged to include a 5 minute (no more than 300 second) audio recording, summarizing the key points of your work. This will be very helpful in evaluating posters submitted for consideration of an award.

Application deadline is midnight September 20, 2020


College of Nursing
Department of Kinesiology and Nutrition
The Center for Clinical and Translational Science
The Chicago Diabetes Research and Training Center


Please contact Pamela Terrell at [email protected] and we will be happy to assist you.