The conversion of sugars to fat, and strides in HIV research are just a couple of the topics to be aired during on Touro University's 13th annual Research Day Wednesday on the Mare Island campus in Vallejo. 

The day-long event includes displays of more than 60 abstracts detailing a variety of research occuring at the Touro University California campus by faculty and students. 

The free event, in which participants can view poster boards detailing the research, is from 3 to 6 p.m. at Touro's Farragut Inn. Hors d'oeuvres and drinks will be served. 

A number of speakers will also present their findings between 1 and 3 p.m. Ira Schwartz, professor and chairman of Microbiology and Immunology at New York Medical College since 2002, is keynote speaker, from 1 to 2 p.m. 

He is a member of the editorial boards of Infection and Immunity and Emerging Infectious Diseases, has served on numerous NIH and American Heart Association review panels. 

The afternoon also includes a presentation by Joseph Walsh on "Inhibition of HIV Fusion by Proteins and Small Molecules." 

In addition, Touro Professor Jean-Marc Schwarz will talk on this topic -- "The Conversion of Sugar to Fat: The Biochemical Pathway Responsible for Cardiovascular, Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver and Diabetes." 

Schwarz has received much acclaim and publicity for his research on high-fructose corn syrup and its possible link to the surge in obesity. 

In addition, as a way to encourage collaborative learning and practices across Touro's health programs, the university is also holding an Interprofessional Education Day during the morning aimed at connecting the three colleges. 

This session, which includes programs from the College of Osteopathic Medicine, the College of Pharmacy, and the College of Education and Health Sciences, is an opportunity for Touro students and faculty to come up with collaborative ways to better service health clients. 

The Farragut Inn is at 1750 Club Drive.