American Association for Clinical Chemistry
Better health through laboratory medicine
Plenary Session - Leptin and the Biologic Basis of Obesity
Schreiber

Wednesday, July 30

LEPTIN AND THE BIOLOGIC BASIS OF OBESITY

JEFFREY M. FRIEDMAN, MD, PHD

Session Overview
Obesity is an epidemic in developed countries and becoming an epidemic in developing countries. Appetite and satiety are driven by a complex biological process involving many hormones. Leptin plays a central and controlling role in this process. Learn more about the process, and new therapies designed to intervene in the most severe cases of obesity.

About The Speaker:
Jeffrey Friedman is Marilyn M. Simpson Professor at Rockefeller University. Dr. Friedman received his MD from Albany Medical College and his PhD from Rockefeller University after working in the lab of James E. Darnell, Jr. He joined the faculty at Rockefeller, ultimately leading to the appointment as Marilyn M. Simpson Professor in 1999. He has been an investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute since 1986. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and its Institute of Medicine, and has won several coveted awards in the field including the 2010 Albert Lasker Award for Basic Medical Research.