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Projects Awarded

2016

Ida Hatoum, Sc.D. Instructor in Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital – Intergenerational effects of Roux-en-Y gastric bypass

Abdelfattah El Ouaamari, Ph.D. Instructor in Medicine, Joslin Diabetes Center – Unraveling the neuro-anatomy of the endocrine pancreas

Maureen Leonard, MD Instructor of Pediatrics, Mass General Hospital for Children – Early Environmental Factors Predictive of Autoimmunity in Infants at Risk of Celiac Disease

Deirdre Tobias, D.Sc. Instructor of Medicine; Associate Epidemiologist, Harvard Medical School; Brigham and Women’s Hospital – Joint relationships between obesity and cardiometabolic risk with postmenopausal breast cancer risk

Kriston Ganguli, MD Instructor in Pediatrics, Massachusetts General Hospital – The use of probiotic metabolites in reducing the risk factors for necrotizing enterocolitis

Chien Wen Su, Ph.D. Instructor in Pediatrics, Massachusetts General Hospital Mucosal Immunology and Biology Research Center – Helminth infection confers resistance to high fat diet-induced obesity

2015

Karen Bernstein, MD Instructor in Radiation Oncology, Massachusetts General Hospital — Effects of caloric restriction on post-operative complications in sarcoma patients treated with pre-operative radiation therapy

Lauren Gehler Fiechtner, MD Instructor in Pediatrics, Boston Children’s Hospital — Emerging early life risk factors for childhood obesity: an examination of diet and antibiotics in infants

Elizabeth L. Hohmann, MD Associate Professor of Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital — Therapeutic targeting of gut microbiota for human obesity and metabolism

Janet Lo, MD Assistant Professor of Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital — Nutritional and Gastrointestinal Factors in Low Bone Density of HIV Disease

Kathleen Joan Sweadner, PH.D Associate Professor of Cellular and Molecular Physiology in the Department of Neurosurgery, Massachusetts General Hospital — Metabolism in a mutant mouse with elevated muscle activity

2014

Kathleen Corey, MD Instructor in Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital — The Impact of Weight Loss Surgery in Adolescents on Fatty Liver Disease

Elizabeth Lawson, MD Assistant Professor of Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital — Oxytocin effects on food motivation pathways

Hideo Makimura, MD, PhD Assistant Professor of Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital — Metabolomic Assessment of Obese Insulin Resistant Subjects After Acipimox

Alex Soukas, MD, PhD Assistant Professor of Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital, & Geoffrey Walford, MD Instructor in Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital — Augmentation of metformin in response in humans through dietary tryptophan exposure

Irina Stavrovskaya, MD Instructor in Neurosurgery, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center — Cardiolipin contribution in mitochondrial dysfunction in obesity

Vidhu Thaker, MD  Instructor in Pediatrics, Boston Children’s Hospital — Genetics of Early Childhood Obesity (GECO)

Elaine Yu, MD  Assistant Professor of Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital — Bariatric surgery and bone marrow adiposity

2013

Laura Holsen, PhD, Associate Research Associate, Brigham and Women’s Hospital; Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School – “Neural Mechanisms of Food-related Emotion Regulation in Predicting Bariatric Surgery Outcomes”

Bridget Horn, MD, Children’s Hospital Boston –  “Effects of an Anti-Inflammatory Diet on Pulmonary Function in Pediatric Asthma”

Javier Irazoqui, PhD, Associate Immunologist, Program in Developmental Immunology, MGHfC; Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School – “TFEB as a Central Regulator of Hepatocyte Lipid Homeostasis”

Suman Srinivasa, MD, Research Fellow in Medicine “Irisin/FGF21 and Browning of White Adipose Tissue in HIV-infected Patients” MGH

Amir Tirosh, MD, Associate Physician, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Instructor in Medicine, Harvard Medical School – “Effects of the Food Preservative Propionic Acid on Postprandial Metabolic Milieu”

Martin Torriani, MD, Director, Musculoskeletal Imaging Research Core, Massachusetts General Hospital, Assistant Professor of Radiology, Harvard Medical School –  “Non-invasive Lipid Profiling of Human Adipose Tissue” 

Qin Yang, MD, PhD, Instructor in Medicine, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center – “Adipocytes as Regulators of Energy Expenditure”

2012

Miguel Alonso-Alonso, MD, “Neurobehavioral Contribution to Weight Loss Maintenance: an Interdisciplinary Experimental Study with Noninvasive Brain Modulation“  BIDMC

Katherine E. Gregory, PhD, RN, Assistant Professor, Boston College; Nurse Scientist, Brigham and Women’s Hospital – Fecal Lipidomics Associated with Necrotizing Enterocolitis in Premature Infants”

Richard Hodin, MD, Chief, Endocrine Surgery, Surgical Director, MGH Center for Inflammatory Bowel Disease – “IAP Regulating the Gut Flora: Implications for the Metabolic Syndrome”

Rajashri Iyengar, MD, MPH, Clinical Instructor in Pediatric Allergy/Immunology, Massachusetts General Hospital –  The Mucosal Response to Breast Milk Factors in Allergic Colitis”

Hideo Makimura, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital – “Metabolomic Assessment of Obese Insulin Resistant Subjects After Acipimox”

Natalie Shaw, MD, MMSc, Instructor, Clinical and Research Fellow, Reproductive Endocrine Unit, Department of Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital – “Defining the Cause of Obesity in Narcolepsy”

Anne Thorndike, MD, Department of Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital – “Intervention to Increase Availability of Produce in a Low-income Latino Community”

John Yoon, MD, Diabetes Center, Massachusetts General Hospital – “Effects of Activating the Wnt Signaling Pathway on Skeletal Muscle Adiposity”

Elaine Yu, MD, MMSc, Department of Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital – “Bariatric Surgery and Bone Marrow Adiposity”

2010-2011

Kamryn Eddy, PhD, Assistant Professor of Psychology, Department of Psychiatry, Massachusetts General Hospital.  “Inhibitory control and reward processing in adolescent anorexia nervosa”

Amy Fleischman, MD, MMSc, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School and Boston Children’s Hospital.  “Validation of peripheral blood mitochondrial metabolic markers in humans”

Jeremy Goverman, MD, Assistant Professor of Surgery, Massachusetts General Hospital.  “Metabolic benefit of anti-oxidant peptide SS-31 on glucose homeostasis after burn injury”

Elizabeth Lawson, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital.  “The genetics of appetite regulation and stress hormones in anorexia nervosa”

Emily Oken, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor of Population Medicine, Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare.  “Fish consumption intervention and maternal DHA levels in pregnancy”

2009-2010

Katherine E. Gregory, PhD, RN, Assistant Professor, Boston College; Nurse Scientist, Brigham and Women’s Hospital – “Metabolic aspects of necrotizing enterocolitis in premature infants

Ho-Jin Koh, PhD, Instructor in Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Research Associate, Joslin Diabetes Center – “The effects of Type 2 diabetes on SNARK in Skeletal Muscle

Elizabeth A. Lawson, MD, Instructor in Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Assistant in Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital – “The genetics of appetite-regulation and stress hormones in anorexia nervosa

Di Meng, MD, PhD, Instructor in Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School; Research Associate, Massachusetts General Hospital – “Mechanism of UEA1 oral therapy from recovery from intestinal inflammation

Yaakov Nahmias, PhD, Instructor in Surgery and Bioengineering, Harvard Medical School; Department of Surgery, Massachusetts General Hospital – “Study of the Hepatitis C virus (HCV) antiviral properties of polymethoxyflavones

2008-2009

Amy DiVasta, MD, MMSc, Staff Physician, Children’s Hospital Boston; Instructor in Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School – “Biochemical stimulation and skeletal health in adolescents with anorexia nervosa”

Michael Donnino, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Director Division of Critical Care, Department of Emergency Medicine, Beth Israel Deaconess Center – “Thiamine deficiency in the critically ill patient with sepsis”

Debora Duro, MD, Division of Gastroenterology and Nutrition, Children’s Hospital; Instructor of Pediatrics, HarvardMedicalSchool – “13C-methionine breath test to assess liver diseases in short bowel syndrome”

Madhusmita Misra, MD, MPH, Assistant in Pediatrics, Neuroendocrine Unit/ Pediatrics Massachusetts General Hospital; Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School – “Bone metabolism in female adolescents”

Yaakov Nahmias, PhD, Instructor in Surgery and Bioengineering, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School – “Grapefruit flavonoid naringenin for the treatment of HCV infection”

Eduardo Villamor, MD, DrPH, Assistant Professor of International Nutrition, Department of Nutrition, Harvard School of Public Health – “Vitamin D status and risk of overweight in school children”

Shawn Fagan, MD  Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School, and Medical Director, Division of Burns, Massachusetts General Hospital.  “Metabolic benefit of tight glycemic control utilizing GLP-1 hormonal therapy

2006-2007

Bobby J. Cherayil, MD, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School; Associate Immunologist, Department of Pediatrics, Massachusetts General Hospital for Children  –  “The hyperferriteinemia (Hfe) gene in innate immunity”

Michael Donnino, MD, Clinical Instructor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Director Critical Care, Department of Emergency Medicine, Beth Israel Deaconess Center – “Thiamine deficiency in the critically ill patient with sepsis”

Roland Kupka, ScD, Research Associate, Department of Nutrition, Harvard School of Public Health – “Prevalence, predictors and consequences of iron deficiency among children born to HIV-infected mothers”

Irina G. Stavrovskaya, PhD, Instructor, Harvard Medical School; Department of Neurosurgery, Brigham and Women’s Hospital – “Effect of omega-3 fatty acids enriched diet on brain mitochondrial functions”

Yu-Hua Tseng, PhD, Instructor in Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Assistant Investigator, Joslin Diabetes Center – “Role of morphogenic proteins in human obesity”

Corrine K Welt, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine,  Harvard Medical School;  Department of Medicine, Division of Reproductive Endocrine, Massachusetts General Hospital – “The effect of  prolactin in the nutritional and immune properties of breast milk”

2005-2006

Carlos Arturo Camargo, Jr., MD, DrPH, Associate Professor of Medicine & Epidemiology, Harvard Medical School; Emergency Department, Massachusetts General Hospital – “Food security among emergency department patients”

Colleen Hadigan, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School; Department of Pediatrics, Neuroendocrine Unit, Division of Gastroenterology, Massachusetts General Hospital – “Pilot project on hepatic steatosis in HIV”

Efi Kokkotou, MD, PhD, Instructor in Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Research Associate, Beth Israel Deaconess Center – “Proinflammatory role of melanin-concentrating hormone (MCH) in adipose tissue”

Madhusmita Misra, MD, Instructor in Pediatrics, HarvardMedicalSchool; Assistant in Pediatrics and Biology, Massachusetts GeneralHospital – “Bone metabolism in female adolescent athletes”

Daniel S. Rooks, ScD, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Department of Surgery, Center for the Study of Nutrition Medicine “A home-based, preoperative exercise intervention for weight loss surgery patients”

Marielle Scherrer-Crosbie, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor in Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Clinical Assistant, Cardiac Ultrasound Laboratory, Division of Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital – Impact of a high-lipid diet on cardiac response to pressure-overload:  role of nitric oxide synthase 3”

Ali Tavakolizaedeh, MD, Instructor in Surgery, Harvard Medical School; Surgical Chief Resident, Clinical Fellow in Surgery, Brigham and Women’s Hospital – “Signaling loops for entraining diurnal rhythms in intestinal activities”

San Y. Wang, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Associate Physician, Gerontology Division, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center “A nutritional approach to reducing cardiovascular risk factors in older women”

2004-2005

Jean L. Chan, MD, Instructor in Medicine/Endocrinology, Harvard Medical School; Department of Medicine, Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism; BIDMC – “Randomized controlled trial of human recombinant leptin in the treatment of hypothalamic amenorrhea”

William G. Christen, PhD, Associate Professor, Harvard Medical School; Associate Epidemiologist, Department of Medicine, Division of Preventive Medicine, Brigham & Women’s Hospital – “Prospective studies of diet and eye disease in women”

Cara B. Ebbeling, PhD, Instructor in Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School; Research Associate, Department of Medicine, Division of Endocrinology, Children’s Hospital – “Fast food feeding in youth”

Steven K. Grinspoon, MD, Director, Program in Nutritional Metabolism, Associate Professor, Harvard Medical School; Department of Medicine, Neuroendocrine Unit, MGH – “Effects of leptin administration on inflammatory markers”

Nanda Nanthakumar, PhD, Instructor in Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School; Assistant Biologist, Pediatric Service, Developmental Gastroenterology Laboratory, MGH – “Identification of and characterization of glycoconjugate receptor of probiotics”

2003-2004

Jean L. Chan, MD, Clinical Fellow, Harvard Medical School; Endocrinology & Metabolism/Medicine; BIDMC – “Role of leptin in the reproductive system, neuroendocrine function, and bone metabolism in hypothalamic amenorrhea”

Paul M. Copeland, MD, Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, MGH Weight Center – “Gut hormone responses to gastric bypass surgery”

Karen McCowen, MD, Instructor of Medicine, HarvardMedicalSchool; Nutrition Services, BIDMC – “Normalization of n-6 fatty acids in home TPN patients”

Sandra C. Souza, PhD, Scientist III, Obesity Metabolism Department, USDA-HNRC, Tufts University – “The role of lipid storage and lipolysis in glucose-stimulated insulin secretion in pancreatic b cells” (competing renewal)

Dezheng Zhao, PhD, Instructor in Medicine, HarvardMedicalSchool, BIDMC – “Role of ghrelin in intestinal inflammation”

2002-2003

Michael Agus, MD, Clinical Fellow, Department of Medicine, Division of Endocrinology, Children’s Hospital; Department of Pediatrics, Division Critical Care Medicine; MGH – “Protein Metabolism in Critically Ill Surgical Neonates” (competing renewal)

David B. Herzog, MD, Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School; Director, Eating Disorders Unit, Child Psychiatry, Massachusetts General Hospital – “Offspring of Women with Eating Disorders”

Jeannie Huang, MD, Instructor in Pediatrics, Harvard, Medical School; Clinical Research Fellow, Neuroendocrine Unit, Massachusetts GeneralHospital – “Evaluation of Bone Marrow Fat in HIV Lipodystrophy”

Katia P. Karalis, MD, DSc, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School, Endocrine Division, Department of Medicine, Children’s Hospital – “Regulation of Leptin Expression in Inflammation: A Role for Corticotropin Releasing Hormones?”

David S. Newburg, PhD, Professor of Biochemistry & Molecular Pharmacology, Shriver Center, University of Massachusetts Medical, School – “Human Milk Oligosaccharides and Fluid Homeostasis of the Gut”

Sandra C. Souza, PhD, Scientist III, Obesity Metabolism Department, USDA-HNRC, Tufts University – “The Role of Lipid Storage and Lipolysis in Glucose-Stimulated Insulin Secretion in Pancreatic b Cells”

2001-2002

Michael Agus, MD, Children’s Hospital, Department of Medicine, Division of Endocrinology – “Protein metabolism in critically ill surgical neonates”

Leticia Castillo, MD, Children’s Hospital, Intensive Care Unit – “Asymmetric dimethylarginine and NO production in end stage renal disease”

Glenn Furuta, MD, Children’s Hospital, Division of GI/Nutrition – “Pathophysiology food allergic disorders n a swine model”

Jing Xuan Kang, MD, PhD, Department of Medicine, MGH – “Biological effects of gene transfer of the n-3 fatty acid desaturase”

Lynne Levitsky, MD, Chief, Pediatric Endocrine Unit, MGH – “Antecedents of adult insulin resistance in human infants”

Charalabos Pothoulakis MD, Department of Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology, BethIsraelDeaconessMedicalCenter – “Leptin and mechanism of intestinal inflammation”

Francine Welty, MD, PhD, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Department of Medicine, Division of Cardiology – “Dietary soy in menopausal women”

2000-2001

Donald Block, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine, HMS, Assistant in Medicine, MGH – “Characterization of PPARalpha-specific transcriptional activator”

Glenn Furuta, MD, Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School, Attending Physician, Children’s Hospital – “Pathophysiology food allergic disorders in a swine model”

Colleen Hadigan, MD, Instructor in Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School, Fellow in Pediatric GI and Nutrition, Massachusetts General Hospital and Children’s Hospital – “Free fatty acids and insulin resistance in the HIV lipodystrophy syndrome”

Ellis Neufeld, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School, Associate in Medicine, Children’s Hospital – “High affinity thiamine transport”

Geng-Sheng Yu, MD, PhD, Research Fellow in Medicine, HMS and MGH, Diabetes Research Unit “Identification of the mitochondrial glutamine translocase”

1999-2000

Glenn T. Furuta, MD, Instructor in Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School; Clinical Associate in Pediatrics, MGH; Attending Physician, Children’s Hospital, Combined Program in Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition – “Effect of novel therapy on eosinophils in allergic esophagitis“

Colleen Hadigan, MD, Clinical and Research Fellow in Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School; Clinical and Research Fellow, Combined Program in Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition, Massachusetts General Hospital and Children’s Hospital – “Free fatty acids and insulin resistance in HIV lipodystrophy syndrome“

Okee Han, PhD, Research Associate, Department of Nutrition, Harvard School of Public Health – “Hephaestin , a Cp homologue and intestinal Fe transport“

Alison G. Hoppin, MD, Instructor in Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School; Assistant in Pediatrics (Gastroenterology), Combined Program in Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition, Massachusetts General Hospital – “Obesity treatment for adolescents through the internet

Tom Jaksic, MD, PhD, FACA, Pediatric Surgeon, Children’s Hospital – “Intestinal glutathione metabolism in surgical patients“

Carine M. Lenders, MD, MS, Instructor in Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Assistant, Clinical Nutrition Services, Combined Program in Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition, Children’s Hospital – “Effect of glutamine on glucose metabolism and insulin resistance in young obese adults“

1998-1999

Steven F. Abcouwer, PhD, Assistant Biochemist, MGH, Instructor in Surgery, HMS, – “Glutamine regulation of GADD153 and cellular proliferation”

Leticia Castillo, MD, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, HMS, Research Affiliate, M.I.T., Clinical Research Center, M.I.T., Department of Anesthesia, Children’s Hospital, “Arginine Metabolism in End Stage Renal Disease”

Glenn T. Furuta, MD, Instructor, HMS, Clinical Associate, MGH, “Effect of novel therapy on eosinophils in allergic esophagitis”

Beth McCormick, PhD, Assisistant Professor of Pediatrics, HMS, Associate Microbiologist, MGH – “Novel Treatment of Food Borne Pathogens”

Randall S. Stafford, MD, PhD, Assistant in Medicine, MGH, Instructor in Medicine, HMS, General Internal Medicine – “National Patterns of Physicians Activities Related to Obesity”