April 17, 2009

Discovery Lecturer to focus on insulin resistance research

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Gerald Shulman, M.D., Ph.D.

Discovery Lecturer to focus on insulin resistance research

Internationally known diabetes researcher Gerald Shulman, M.D., Ph.D., will deliver the next Discovery Lecture on April 23.

Shulman, the George R. Cowgill Professor of Physiological Chemistry at Yale University, will discuss “Cellular mechanisms of insulin resistance: Implications for obesity, lipodystrophy and type 2 diabetes” at 4 p.m. in 208 Light Hall.

An investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Shulman and his colleagues pioneered the use of magnetic resonance spectroscopy to study the complex molecular pathway that leads to insulin resistance.

Based on their findings, he proposed a novel mechanism involving alterations in intracellular fat metabolism as the major cause of insulin resistance in liver and muscle.

Schulman is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Outstanding Scientific Achievement Award and Distinguished Clinical Scientist Award from the American Diabetes Association, the Novartis Award in Diabetes, and the 2008 Stanley Korsmeyer Award from the American Society for Clinical Investigation.

His lecture is sponsored by the Vanderbilt Diabetes Center and by the Vanderbilt Diabetes Research and Training Center.

For a complete schedule of the Discovery Lecture series and archived video of previous lectures, go to www.mc.vanderbilt.edu/discoveryseries.