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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
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 how consumption of calorie-dense food contributes to the development of obesity and diabetes.
Philip Polgreen, MD, MPHAssociate Professor Internal Medicine - Infectious DiseasesTo evaluate a novel tool using text messages as a mechanism to promote sustained weight loss in patients with obesity and insulin resistance.
Chadi Calarge, MDAssociate ProfessorPsychiatry and PediatricsFor studies of whether antipsychotic drugs cause weight gain and diabetes by altering intestinal bacterial populations.
Gary L. Pierce, PhDAssistant ProfessorHealth and Human PhysiologyFor studies of whether inhibition of inflammation affects macrovascular and autonomic dysfunction in obese, prediabetic humans.
Dawn E. Quelle, PhDAssociate ProfessorPharmacology and PathologyTo study how the protein Parf-1A regulates the growth of insulin producing beta cells in the pancreas,and thus influences the development of diabetes.
Yuriy M. Usachev, PhDAssociate ProfessorPharmacologyFor studies to target mitochondrial processes that might provide neuro protection in peripheral diabetic neuropathy.