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Keeping Your Body in Rhythm

June 19, 2015

Lazar Binding imageMitch Lazar, MD, PhD, director of the Institute for Diabetes, Obesity, and Metabolism, was interviewed by Senior Voice America for the radio show Health, Wealth & Wisdom on his lab's recent paper on how a common protein maintains double duty as a key cog in body clock and metabolic control. 

>> Penn Press Release

>> Senior Voice America (At 40:45 mark, on track for 2nd hour of show)

Metabolic Syndrome Related To Protein That Regulates Liver Genes, Circadian Rhythms

June 10, 2015

Mitchell Lazar, MD, PhDA new study from the lab of Mitchell Lazar, MD, PhD, director of the Institute for Diabetes, Obesity, and Metabolism, was featured in Medical Daily.

The study explains how Rev-erbĪ± regulates the clock in most cells of the body while also regulating metabolic genes in the liver. Instead of relying on the same mechanism for both these functions, Rev-erbĪ± performs each of these jobs in distinct ways. This research may provide a new map for scientists wanting to treat metabolic syndrome.

>> Medical Daily article

Is it Always Unhealthy to Be Fat?

April 21, 2015

Conventional thinking suggests that overweight and obese people could eat better and exercise more to lose weight and be healthier. But is it always unhealthy to be overweight?

An episode of WHYY's "Radio Times" discusses the topic with experts including Rexford Ahima, MD, PhD, director of the Obesity Unit in the Institute for Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism, who says that the effect of extra weight really depends on the individual.