Michael Rosenbaum, MD, a Diabetes Investigator at the Naomi Berrie Diabetes Center and a Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine at Columbia University Irving Medical Center, won the 2018 TOPS (Take off Pounds Sensibly) Scientific Achievement Award from The Obesity Society (TOS). The award recognizes excellence in an obesity-related research career. The winner is selected by his or her peers.
An expert on the physiology of body weight regulation, Dr. Rosenbaum is known internationally for studies he has done (with Berrie Center Co-Director Rudolph Leibel, MD, who won the same award in 1996) that explain why it is much harder to keep weight off—than it is to lose it in the first place.
His research on the biology of weight gain after weight loss has been both eye-opening and instrumental in shaping policy, and his focus on weight regulation has led him to a career-long interest in the treatment and prevention of obesity and type 2 diabetes (T2D) in adults and children.
“Mike is an outstanding physician-scientist who brings a fine analytic approach to the literature and to his designs of clinical research projects,” said Dr. Leibel, the Christopher J. Murphy Memorial Professor of Diabetes Research and the Berrie Center Co-Director. “He is really a physiologist of body weight regulation who is able to use human subjects to investigate basic questions that others might pursue in animals or cells. He is also a thoughtful and generous collaborator, characteristics widely recognized and valued by his peers.”