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Two five-year Research Scholar Awards will be given to tenure track faculty who show outstanding promise in the field of diabetes/obesity research. Additionally, the FOE DRC Pilot Project Program awards $50,000 annually to young investigators who propose to establish a research career in diabetes/obesity, to senior investigators in another field who want to explore a project related to diabetes/obesity, or to an established diabetes/obesity investigator who proposes to pursue an entirely new approach. Recipients are chosen based on a competitive evaluation of proposals submitted by the applicants.
Christopher Adams, MD, PhD Associate ProfessorInternal Medicine - Endocrinology and Metabolism To investigate how conditions such as diabetes alter muscle gene expression and how these changes in gene expression cause muscle astrophy
Andrew Norris, MD, PhDAssociate Professor of Pediatrics - Endocrinology and DiabetesAssociate Professor of BiochemistryProject Title: "To identify early points of intervention that will serve to reduce a person's lifetime risk of diabetes"
Kamal Rahmouni, PhDAssociate Professor, PharmacologyProject Title: "To provide new insights into why certain individuals develop diabetes or its complications"
Charlie Brenner, PhDRoy J. Carver Chair of BiochemistryProfessorBiochemistryTo study the impact of nicotinamide riboside (NR) in the treatment or prevention of diabetic neuropathy.
Michael Lutter, MD, PhDAssistant ProfessorPsychiatryTo study the genetics of feeding behavior.
Philip Polgreen, MD, MPHAssociate Professor Internal Medicine - Infectious DiseasesTo evaluate a novel tool using text messaging and
smart pedometer technology and interactive gaming to promote sustained
weight loss in patients with obesity and insulin resistance. The study will
specifically determine if adding personalized information to FitBit text
messages increases compliance, activity and ultimately affects clinically
Justin Grobe, PhD, FAHA
Assistant Professor, Department of PharmacologyCollaborating Investigator: John R. Kirby, PhDProject Title: “Non-Aerobic Resting Metabolism: An Untapped Obesity Target?
Vitor Lira, PhDAssistant
ProfessorDepartment of Health & Human PhysiologyCollaborating Investigators: Eric Taylor, PhD and Chris Adams, MD, PhD “Regulation of ACC levels and fatty acid oxidation in skeletal muscle by ULK1-dependent autophagy”
Robert C. PiperProfessor, Molecular Physiology & BiophysicsDirector, Carver College of Medicine Core FacilitiesProject Title: “To investigate the
molecular basis for how insulin increases glucose transport in muscle and