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Funding from Kavli Foundation to establish new institute at Rockefeller devoted to neuroscience

The Kavli Foundation and The Rockefeller University today announced the formation of the Kavli Neural Systems Institute (Kavli NSI) at Rockefeller, funded by a $20 million endowment supported equally by Kavli and Rockefeller. The Institute will become part of a network of seven Kavli Institutes carrying out fundamental research in neuroscience, and a broader network of 20 Kavli Institutes dedicated to astrophysics, nanoscience, neuroscience, and theoretical physics. More »

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Jeffrey M. Friedman and Leslie B. Vosshall named 2014 AAAS Fellows

Rockefeller University scientists Jeffrey M. Friedman and Leslie B. Vosshall have been awarded the distinction of AAAS Fellow. Election as a fellow is an honor bestowed upon AAAS members by their peers. More »

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‘Radiogenetics’ seeks to remotely control cells and genes

 ‘Radiogenetics’ seeks to remotely control cells and genesA team is developing a system that would make it possible to remotely control biological targets in living animals — rapidly, without wires, implants or drugs. During a test, they used radio waves or a magnetic field to turn on insulin production in mice. More »

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In the News – HuffPostSci – Friedman

The good news and the bad news about beating obesity   “We don’t ‘pillory people for being very tall or short,’ [Jeffrey] Friedman said, so it makes no sense to blame obese people for being that way–or for obese people … More »

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Researchers profile active genes in neurons based on connections

140519_friedman_retrotrap1_thumbA new technique allows researchers to examine gene expression in neurons that send messages to a synapse. A test run examined dopamine neurons that project to the brain region known as the nucleus accumbens.
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Marc Tessier-Lavigne and Jeffrey Friedman elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Tessier-Lavigne, Rockefeller president and head of the Laboratory of Brain Development, and Jeffrey M. Friedman head of the Laboratory of Molecular Genetics, were elected to the honorary society and independent policy research center along with 198 other leaders in science, art, academia and the civic, corporate and philanthropic arenas. The current membership includes some 250 Nobel laureates and more than 60 Pulitzer Prize winners, and 23 other Rockefeller University faculty members are fellows.

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Jeffrey M. Friedman awarded 11th IPSEN Endocrine Regulation Prize

Friedman is being recognized for his groundbreaking discovery of leptin, a hormone that regulates food intake and energy expenditure. His observations provided scientists with a new target for treating obesity and other metabolic diseases.
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Jeffrey M. Friedman receives Albert Lasker Award for discovery of leptin

This year’s Albert Lasker Award for Basic Medical Research, the most prestigious American prize in science, honors Rockefeller University’s Jeffrey M. Friedman, who discovered leptin, a hormone that regulates food intake and body weight. More »

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Obesity researcher wins Keio Medical Science Prize

Jeffery Friedman shares the 14th Keio Medical Science Prize, awarded annually to researchers for outstanding achievements in the fields of life sciences and medicine, for the “discovery of leptin and the study of its physiological functions.” More »

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Jeffrey Friedman receives Shaw Prize for discovery of leptin

Jeffrey Friedman, Marilyn M. Simpson Professor and head of the Laboratory of Molecular Genetics at Rockefeller, received the 2009 Shaw Prize in Life Science and Medicine. He shares the $1 million award, known as the Nobel Prize of the East, with the Jackson Laboratory’s Douglas L. Coleman for their work leading to the discovery of leptin, a hormone that regulates food intake and body weight. More »


Newly identified cells make fat

By using a mouse that lacks fat cells and observing the growth of fat after injections of different kinds of immature cells, Rockefeller University scientists have discovered an important fat precursor cell that may in time explain how changes in the numbers of fat cells might increase and lead to obesity. The scientists’ finding could also have implications for understanding how fat cells affect conditions such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease. More »

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Obesity researcher awarded Danone nutrition prize

The sixth Danone Institute International Prize for Nutrition, an award that honors innovative nutritional research, was given to Rockefeller University’s Jeffrey Friedman today at the European Nutrition Conference in Paris. More »

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Jeffrey Friedman to receive Kovalenko Medal

The National Academy of Sciences announced today that Rockefeller University scientist Jeffrey M. Friedman will receive the National Academy of Sciences’ Jessie Stevenson Kovalenko Medal — a medal and prize of $25,000 awarded every three years for important contributions to the medical sciences. More »

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Genetic data from an island population proves to be useful tool in understanding disease

With fewer than 4,000 residents, the genetically isolated Micronesian island of Kosrae, in the West Pacific, provides an ideal population in which to research heritability of disease. Now this data is beginning to yield intriguing results about the genetic basis of complex disease. More »

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Jeffrey Friedman elected to Institute of Medicine

Rockefeller University’s Jeffrey M. Friedman, a molecular geneticist whose discovery of the hormone leptin and its role in regulating body weight has changed our understanding of the causes of human obesity, was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies, it was announced today. More »

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Jeffrey Friedman, discoverer of leptin, receives Gairdner, Passano awards

Rockefeller University’s Jeffrey M. Friedman, M.D., Ph.D., a molecular geneticist whose discovery of the hormone leptin and its role in regulating body weight has changed our understanding of the causes of human obesity, has received two prestigious awards for this work: the Gairdner Foundation International Award and the Passano Foundation Award. More »

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Through population screening on the island of Kosrae, Rockefeller scientists discover a mutant gene that controls dietary cholesterol absorption

Using DNA from 1,000 inhabitants of the Micronesian island of Kosrae, Rockefeller University scientists have discovered a mutant gene that affects an individual’s absorption of dietary cholesterol. The findings are reported in the Journal of Lipid Research. The researchers hope their discovery will help tease apart the tangle of genes that control cholesterol absorption, one of the factors that contributes to high blood cholesterol levels, which are a major risk factor for heart attacks. More »

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Fat hormone leptin alters brain architecture and activity, which in turn shapes feeding behavior

Scientists at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and The Rockefeller University in collaboration with investigators at Yale University have found that leptin – a hormone found in fat tissue and critical to regulating weight – affects both the architecture and function of neural circuits in the brain. The hormone alters the wiring by controlling synapses – the inputs and outputs to neurons that, in this case, regulate feeding behavior. More »


“Gene therapy” in worms identifies protein that plays role in controlling water balance, sense of touch in live animals

Using “knockout” mice and mutant roundworms, researchers at The Rockefeller University and the University of California, San Francisco, have identified a protein that helps control water balance in the body and underlies the sensation of touch — functions basic to life that have long eluded explanation. More »

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Obesity not a personal failing, says leptin discoverer Jeffrey Friedman, but a battle against biology

Leptin discoverer Jeffrey M. Friedman, M.D., Ph.D., argues in a “Viewpoint” article in a special obesity issue of the journal Science published Feb. 7 that obesity cannot be easily explained as simply a breakdown in willpower. Genes and environment, explains the Rockefeller University and Howard Hughes Medical Institute researcher, both play important roles in determining a person’s body weight. More »

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