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CUMC Honors Diabetes Researcher with Naomi Berrie Award

CUMC researchers
CUMC presented the 2006 Naomi Berrie Award for Outstanding Achievement in Diabetes Research to Michael Schwartz, M.D., a professor of medicine and head of clinical nutrition at the University of Washington in Seattle. Dr. Schwartz’s research has shown how dysfunctions of body weight and blood glucose are the result of an impairment in the functioning of neurons in the hypothalamus that regulate food intake, autonomic function and glucose metabolism. Each year, a second Naomi Berrie Award is given to a CUMC faculty member who uses the funds to support the work of a research fellow. This year the prize was awarded to Vidya Subramanian, Ph.D., a postdoctoral fellow in the lab of Anthony Ferrante, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor of medicine and a member of the Naomi Berrie Diabetes Center. Dr. Subramanian will work on the mechanisms by which obesity causes inflammation that is related, in turn, to diabetes and heart disease.
   Shown from left: Robin Goland, M.D., Irving Associate Professor of Medicine and director, Naomi Berrie Diabetes Center; Angelica Berrie, president, the Russell Berrie Foundation; Michael Schwartz, M.D.; Lee Goldman, M.D., executive vice president and dean; Domenico Accili, M.D., professor of medicine and principal investigator of the Diabetes Endocrinology Research Center; and Rudolph Leibel, M.D., professor of pediatrics and co-director of the Naomi Berrie Diabetes Center.