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Three five-year Research Scholar Awards were 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, PhDProfessorInternal Medicine, Endocrinology and MetabolismProject Title: To investigate how conditions such as diabetes alter muscle gene expression and how these changes in gene expression cause muscle astrophy.
Andrew Norris, MD, PhD Associate 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, PhD Associate ProfessorPharmacologyProject Title: To provide new insights into why certain individuals develop diabetes or its complications.
Charlie Brenner, PhDRoy J. Carver Chair of BiochemistryProfessorBiochemistryProject Title: To study the impact of nicotinamide riboside (NR) in the treatment or prevention of diabetic neuropathy.
Michael Lutter, MD, PhDAssociate ProfessorPsychiatryProject Title: To study the genetics of feeding behavior.
Philip Polgreen, MD, MPHAssociate Professor Internal Medicine - Infectious DiseasesProject Title: To 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 important outcomes.
Justin Grobe, PhD, FAHAAssistant Professor PharmacologyCollaborating Investigator: John R. Kirby, PhDProject Title: Non-Aerobic Resting Metabolism: An Untapped Obesity Target?
Vitor Lira, PhDAssistant ProfessorHealth & Human PhysiologyCollaborating Investigators: Eric Taylor, PhD and Chris Adams, MD, PhDProject Title: Regulation of ACC levels and fatty acid oxidation in skeletal muscle by ULK1-dependent autophagy.
Robert C. Piper, PhDProfessorMolecular Physiology and BiophysicsDirector, Carver College of Medicine Core FacilitiesProject Title: To investigate the molecular basis for how insulin increases glucose transport in muscle and adipose.