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UWMDI Researcher Gregory Morton, PhD, receives NIH R01 award

Dr. Gregory Morton has been awarded an NIH R01 for his project entitled “Thermoregulatory circuits that regulate feeding”. This 4-year award, totaling $2,097,213, seeks to advance the understanding of the neurocircuitry linking thermoregulation to Agrp neurons and feeding and may identify novel strategies for the treatment of obesity by blunting the associated hyperphagic response. Co-investigators

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UWMDI Investigator, Dr. Karin Bornfeldt, has received a new Program Project Grant from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. . This grant, totaling $12 million over the next five years, includes four projects and three core units at the University of Washington, New York University and Washington University.

Dr. Karin Bornfeldt, Edwin L. Bierman Professor of Medicine (Metabolism, Endocrinology and Nutrition), and professor of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology, has received a new Program Project Grant from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. The primary focus of the new Triglycerides, Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease Program Project is to investigate whether diabetes causes changes

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UWMDI investigator Tomas Vaisar, PhD, is co-lead author in Circulation Research. Co-Author is Jay Heinecke

Dr. Thomas Vaisar, research professor (Metabolism, Endocrinology and Nutrition) is co-lead author and Drs. Sina Gharib, professor (Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine) and David Dichek, professor (Cardiology) are co-senior authors of “Parallel Murine and Human Plaque Proteomics Reveals Pathways of Plaque Rupture” in Circulation Research. DOM co-author is Jay Heinecke.  

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UWMDI investigator Dr. Alan Chait is senior author in the Journal of Diabetes and its Complications. Co-authors are Savitha Subramanian, Chang Yeop Han, Chongren Tang, Laura den Hartigh, and Baohai Shao.

Dr. Alan Chait, emeritus professor (Metabolism, Endocrinology and Nutrition) is senior author of “Glycation of HDL blunts its anti-inflammatory and cholesterol efflux capacities in vitro, but has no effect in poorly controlled type 1 diabetes subjects” in the Journal of Diabetes and its Complications. DOM co-authors are Savitha Subramanian, Chang Yeop Han, Chongren Tang, Laura

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UWMDI Investigator, Dr. Vincenzo Cirulli, MD, PhD and Albert Folch, PhD, Professor of Bioengineering have received an Innovative Pilot Award supported by WA State funds to the ISCRM.

The project will focus on the development of 3D printed gradient generators emulating in vivo-like morphogen gradients to guide stem cell differentiation into functional pancreatic islet cells. Current protocols for the derivation of pancreatic islet β-cells from stem cells remain relatively inefficient. To help advance the field of islet cell transplantation, the researchers will test

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UWMDI Investigator Kimberly Alonge, PhD, awarded ADA Fellowship

Dr. Kimberly Alonge has been awarded a Postdoctoral Fellowship award from the American Diabetes Association for her project entitled “Novel role of hypothalamic extracellular matrices in the pathogenesis of type 2 diabetes.” This 3-year project seeks to advance the understanding of the functional significance of sulfated hypothalamic glycosaminoglycans in mediating blood glucose homeostasis. Dr. Alonge

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UWMDI Investigator Kimberly Alonge, PhD, recipient of ITHS Early Investigator Catalyst Award

The Institute of Translational Health Sciences has awarded Dr. Kimberly Alonge an Early Investigator Catalyst Award for her project entitled “Investigation of hippocampal heparan sulfates in association with cognitive decline in obesity and T2D.” This 1-year project seeks to develop a novel tandem mass spectrometry method to detect and measure heparan sulfates from hippocampal brain

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