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Dr. Anthony G. Comuzzie - 2017 Hilliard Discussion Scholar

Dr. Anthony G.  Comuzzie - 2017 Hilliard Discussion Scholar

Dr. Anthony G. Comuzzie

The Obesity Society

What Primates Have Taught Us About Diet And Cardiometabolic Health

Dr. Comuzzie is the Executive Director of the Obesity Society (TOS), the leading professional and academic organization devoted to better understanding, preventing and treating obesity in order to improve the lives of those affected through research, education and advocacy.

 Prior to his current role with TOS, he was a Scientist in the Department of Genetics at Texas Biomedical Research Institute with more than twenty-five years of research experience focused on the genetics of complex diseases with a particular emphasis on obesity, diabetes, and heart disease.  This work was conducted in a wide range of ethnic populations including Mexican Americans, Native Americans, Alaskan Natives, as well as a variety of nonhuman primate species. Additionally, he served as a member of the NHLBI Expert Panel on Obesity and Overweight as well as the KNOD study section and other ad hoc NIH review committees.

Dr. Comuzzie served as Editor of Frontiers in Applied Genetic Epidemiology, an Associate Editor for BMC Medical Genetics, as well as a member of the editorial boards of the International Journal of Nutrigenetics and Nutrigenomics and Obesity Research. He has published over 280 peer-reviewed articles and chapters, with the majority of these focused on the genetics of cardiometabolic-related phenotypes.

Dr. Comuzzie received his Bachelors of Science degree in Biology in 1981 and a Masters of Arts degree in Anthropology in 1987 from Texas A&M University and his Doctorate of Philosophy in Biological Anthropology in 1992 from the University of Kansas.


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