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Molecular Clocks throughout Body, Not Just Brain, Keep Tissues Humming

February 3, 2015

Mitch Lazar, MD, PhDAn article in Scientific American highlights research from two Penn labs that study circadian clocks in peripheral tissues. Garret FitzGerald, MD, FRS, director of the Institute for Translational Medicine and Therapeutics and chair of the department of Systems Pharmacology and Translational Therapeutics, and Mitch Lazar, MD, PhD, director of the Institute for Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism, were featured.

>> Scientific American Article

Low Thyroid: Why Am I Cold All the Time"

January 29, 2015

Anne R. CappolaIn a Time "You Asked" article about why some people feel cold more often than others, Anne Cappola, MD, ScM, associate professor of Medicine in the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism, points to metabolism. In oversimplified terms, those with a high metabolism burn more calories and enjoy increased blood flow, both of which warm you.

>> Time Article

Weight Loss Linked to Improved Sleep, Mood

January 29, 2015

Nasreen AlfarisA Healio.com article reports that losing 5 percent or more of initial body weight is associated with short-term improvements in sleep quality and duration, and short- and long-term improvements in mood, according to a study led by Nasreen Alfaris, MD, MPH, a fellow in the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism.

>> Healio Article

Pacreatic Islet Cell Transplatation Restores Type 1 Diabetes Patients' Ability to Defend Against Life Threatening Low Blood Sugar, According to Penn Medicine Study.

December 18, 2014

Michael Rickels, MD, MSType 1 diabetes (T1D) patients who have developed low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) as a complication of insulin treatments over time are able to regain normal internal recognition of the condition after receiving pancreatic islet cell transplantation, according to a new study led led by Michael R. Rickels, MD, MS, associate professor of Medicine and medical director of the Pancreatic Islet Cell Transplant Program and other researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, published online in Diabetes.

 >> Penn Medicine News Release
December 1, 2014

Four Penn Faculty Named to 2014 Class of AAAS Fellows

Four faculty members from the University of Pennsylvania have been named fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Three are from the Perelman School of Medicine and one is from the School of Arts and Sciences.

Rex Ahima, MD, PhD

Rexford S. Ahima, MD, PhD, was elected for distinguished contributions to the fields of obesity, diabetes, and metabolism, particularly using mouse models to study adipokine signaling in the brain and peripheral organs.

>> Penn Medicine Press Release