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Harvard expert on inflammation's role in obesity receives Columbia's 2010 Naomi Berrie Award
Date:11/19/2010

NEW YORK (Nov. 20, 2010) Columbia University Medical Center will present the 2010 Naomi Berrie Award to a Harvard researcher who has made important advances in understanding the molecular basis for links between obesity, diabetes and heart disease. A promising young investigator at Columbia will also be recognized for her novel investigations regarding the basis for disordered lipid metabolism in diabetes.

  • The 2010 Award for Outstanding Achievement in Diabetes Research: Gkhan S. Hotamisligil, M.D., Ph.D., the James Stevens Simmons Professor of Genetics and Metabolism and the Chair of the Department of Genetics and Complex Diseases at the Harvard University School of Public Health.

  • The 2010 Naomi Berrie Fellow in Diabetes Research Award to a junior investigator: Rebecca A. Haeusler, Ph.D., a post-doctoral research scientist at the Columbia University Diabetes and Endocrinology Research Center at the Naomi Berrie Diabetes Center.

The awards ceremony will take place at the 12th Annual Frontiers in Diabetes Research Conference on "The Cardiovascular Consequences of Diabetes" being held today, Nov. 20, 2010, from 8:45 a.m. to 4:25 p.m. in the Russ Berrie Medical Science Pavilion, 1150 St. Nicholas Ave., New York, New York.

"Gkhan Hotamisligil's group studies have demonstrated that inflammation plays an important role in obesity, insulin resistance, and type 2 diabetes," said Rudolph Leibel, M.D., the co-director of the Naomi Berrie Diabetes Center, and chairman of the selection committee. "This work has led to novel ideas for the treatment of these disorders and their consequences."

Established by the Russell Berrie Foundation in 2000, the Naomi Berrie Award for Outstanding Achievement in Diabetes Research was designed to promote and reward outstanding achievement in the field, while simultaneously helping to promote important scientific collaborations across institutions and furthering the care
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