WEST WINDSOR – Disruption in our natural biologic rhythms and how this can lead to critical health problems is the topic of a lecture at Mercer County Community College.
The lecture “Is This a Bad Time? Biomedical Implications of Circadian System Disruption” will be presented by Todd Weber, Professor of Biology and Chair of the Biology Department at Rider University. He will discuss how recent research suggests that chronic disruption of circadian system function may underlie or contribute to numerous negative biomedical manifestations, including obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular issues, cancer, depression, gastrointestinal distress and sleep disorders, among others.
The lecture will be held Tuesday, April 14, at noon in Room 109 of the Communications Building on the college’s West Windsor Campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road. The lecture is free and open to the public as part of MCCC’s Distinguished Lecture Series.
Dr. Weber’s research addresses the organization of the physiology and behavior of mammals into circadian (daily) rhythms by the nervous system. Current student projects are assessing the influence of chronic disruption of the circadian system in a mouse model of diet-induced obesity and diabetes.
Dr. Weber holds a master's and PhD in Physiology from the University of Illinois. He has served as a National Research Council fellow at the Brooks United States Air Force Base in San Antonio, where he also served as a civilian scientist for the U.S. Department of Defense. He was also a research assistant professor at the University of Houston.
For more information on MCCC’s Distinguished Lecture Series, call (609) 570-3324 or visit www.mccc.edu/events.
Dr. Todd Weber, Professor of Biology and Chair of the Biology Department at Rider University, is the speaker for the April 14 Distinguished Lecture at Mercer County Community College.