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New Brain Target for Appetite Control Identified

Finding raises hopes for new anti-obesity medications

Researchers at Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) have identified a brain receptor that appears to play a central role in regulating appetite. The findings, published today in the online edition of Cell, could lead to new drugs for preventing or treating obesity.


HBO Documentary Series Features Drs. Rudy Leibel and Michael Rosenbaum

Rudolph Leibel, MD, co-director of Columbia’s Naomi Berrie Diabetes Center and of the New York Obesity Research Center and the Christopher J. Murphy Memorial Professor of Diabetes Research, and his work on the biology of body weight regulation, are featured in the HBO documentary series: The Weight of the Nation. The series premieres on Monday, May 14, at 8 pm (parts 1 & 2) and Tuesday,...


Study Explains Decrease in Insulin-Producing Beta Cells in Diabetes

Findings suggest new approach to treatment

New York, NY (September 13, 2012) — Scientists generally think that reduced insulin production by the pancreas, a hallmark of type 2 diabetes, is due to the death of the organ’s beta cells. However, a new study by Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) researchers shows that beta cells do not die but instead revert to a more fundamental, undifferentiated cell type.


Berrie Center Patient Hits His Stride

In 2007, athlete Stephen England, an ultramarathon runner, was watching the New York City Marathon and had a life-changing epiphany. Diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 1994 when he was 14, Stephen had struggled with his diagnosis over the years, never feeling he could compete at the same level that he had pre-diagnosis.


Study Finds Mechanism that Turns White Fat into Energy-Burning Brown Fat

Raises hopes for new obesity and diabetes treatments

New York, NY (August 2, 2012) — Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) researchers have identified a mechanism that can give energy-storing white fat some of the beneficial characteristics of energy-burning brown fat. The findings, based on studies of mice and of human fat tissue, could lead to new strategies for treating obesity and type 2 diabetes.

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