The Diabetes Research Center (DRC) is soliciting applications for the Pilot and Feasibility, McAbee Fellowship and Stroum Graduate Fellowship Awards.

Letters of Intent are due by January 5, 2015 and the deadline for applications is February 23, 2015.

Letters of intent must be submitted using the online form. (Please be patient with the DRC website as some content can be slow to load).

The funding announcements are provided below and can also be found at the DRC website: https://depts.washington.edu/diabetes/currentfundingapplication

McAbee Fellowship 2015
P&F 2015
Stroum Fellowship 2015

DOCE researcher Christiane Hampe, PhD, published in Diabetic Medicine

Dr. Christiane Hampe is co-author on the article “Antibodies to islet cell autoantigens, rotaviruses and/or enteroviruses in cord blood and healthy mothers in relation to the 2010–2011 winter viral seasons in Israel: a pilot study” published in Diabetic Medicine. The article focuses on research indicating prenatal exposure to viruses may cause type 1 diabetes and other autoimmune diseases in children. These findings were part of a recent interview with the senior author, Zvi Laron, in the Israeli leading newspaper Yediot Ahronot. The Tel Aviv University summarized the Hebrew interview in English (click here for article). Dr. Hampe is a Research Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of Metabolism, Endocrinology and Nutrition.

 

DOCE Researcher Joshua Thaler, MD, PhD, Receives NIH R03

Dr. Joshua Thaler has been awarded an NIH R03 for his project entitled “Glial-neuronal metabolic coupling in obesity”. This proposal focuses on lactate signaling between hypothalamic astrocytes and neurons. The data obtained from these investigations will form the basis of a new line of research centered on glial-neuronal metabolic coupling as a novel obesity target. Dr. Thaler is an Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Metabolism, Endocrinology and Nutrition.

DOCE Director Michael Schwartz, MD, Receives NIH R01

Dr. Michael Schwartz has been awarded a 4-year NIH R01 for his project “ Novel Brain Mechanisms Controlling Glucose Homeostasis”. This project is based upon recently published evidence from the Schwartz Laboratory that the brain can rapidly, potently and selectively increase insulin-independent glucose lowering. The overarching goals are to employ state-of-the-art methods of metabolic analysis in defined mouse models to 1) more clarify how these centrally mediated effects are mediated and identify the humoral signals that activate them, 2) delineate peripheral mechanisms of glucose lowering, and 3) establish their physiological relevance. Dr. Schwartz is the RH Williams Endowed Chair in Medicine, Division of Metabolism, Endocrinology and Nutrition.

DOCE Director Dr. Michael Schwartz Awarded 2014 Hammond Memorial Lecture

DOCE Director Michael Schwartz, MD, has been selected to give the 7th Annual Levi J. Hammond Distinguished Memorial Lecture. This annual lecture was held at the University of Pennsylvania on May  13, 2014.

DOCE Researchers published in Nature Reviews Neuroscience

DOCE Director Michael Schwartz, MD, is senior author on a review article published in the May issue of  Nature Review Neuroscience. The article entitled “Neurobiology of food intake in health and disease” highlights how the interplay between homeostatic and emergency feeding circuits influences the biologically defended level of body weight under physiological and pathophysiological conditions. DOCE researchers Gregory Morton, PhD is first author and Thomas Meek, PhD is co-author.

DOCE Associate Director Karin Bornfeldt, PhD, Awarded 2014 Edwin Bierman Lectureship

Dr. Karin Bornfeldt, PhD, has been awarded the 2014 Edwin Bierman Lectureship. The lecture will be delivered at the American Diabetes Association’s Annual Sessions in San Francisco, June 16th. The award and lecture recognize a leading scientist in the field of macrovascular complications and contributing risk factors in diabetes. Click here for more information. Dr. Bornfeldt is a Professor of Medicine in the Division of Metabolism, Endocrinology and Nutrition and Professor of Pathology.

DOCE Director Michael Schwartz, MD, Receives NIH R01

DOCE Director Dr. Michael Schwartz has been awarded a 5-year NIH R01 for his project “Novel Anti-Diabetic Actions of Hypothalamic FGF19-FGFR1 Signaling”. The proposal stems from the finding by the Schwartz laboratory that FGF19 action in the brain rapidly, potently and selectively increases insulin-independent glucose disposal identifies a novel, CNS-driven mechanism with translational implications for both the pathogenesis and treatment of human diabetes. Studies in this proposal seek to clarify how this occurs and the extent to which it explains the anti-diabetic effect of bariatric surgical procedures.

DOCE Director Michael Schwartz, MD, Receives ADA Basic Science Award

Dr. Michael Schwartz has been awarded an American Diabetes Association Basic Science Award for his project “Novel Anti-Diabetic Actions of Hypothalamic FGF19-FGFR1 Signaling”. The proposal stems from the finding that FGF19 action in the brain rapidly, potently and selectively increases insulin-independent glucose disposal identifies a novel, CNS-driven mechanism with translational implications for both the pathogenesis and treatment of human diabetes. Studies in this proposal seek to clarify how this occurs and the extent to which it explains the anti-diabetic effect of bariatric surgical procedures.

DOCE Associate Director Karin Bornfeldt, PhD, Awarded 2013 Russell Ross Memorial Lectureship in Vascular Biology

Dr. Karin Bornfeldt, PhD, has been awarded the 2013 Russell Ross Memorial Lectureship in Vascular Biology. The lecture was delivered at the American Heart Association’s Annual Sessions in Dallas on November 19th. The Ross Lecture is one of three ATVB named lectures presented annually at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions. The lectureship is named after Dr. Russell Ross, Professor and former Chair of Pathology at the UW. Dr. Bornfeldt is a Professor of Medicine in the Division of Metabolism, Endocrinology and Nutrition and Professor of Pathology.