Congratulations to Berrie Center scientist George Stratigopoulos for winning a “Best Paper” prize awarded by the Science Unbound Foundation which states as its mission, “furthering scientific knowledge in the service of health, happiness and quality of life of humankind through scientific research and education.”
The paper, titled "Hypomorphism of Fto and Rpgrip1l Causes Obesity in Mice,” was published in 2016 in the Journal of Clinical Investigation. “Basically this paper describes a molecular mechanism by which differences commonly found in our DNA predispose some of us to gain weight versus others,” said Dr. Stratigopoulos, who works in the laboratory of Rudolph Leibel, MD, the Christopher J. Murphy Memorial Professor of Diabetes Research and the Berrie Center Co-Director. “By identifying new genes, such as RPGRIP1L, that control body weight, we might have the ability in the future to design new drugs to combat obesity.”
The Science Unbound Foundation is based at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). Each year, it awards 5 “Best Paper” Awards—to a UAB investigator in the area of obesity or nutrition; to a UAB-based investigator in the area of general statistics and statistical genetics; to a UAB student in the area of obesity related research; and to a Columbia University Medical Center investigator in the area of obesity-related research.