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C. Ronald Kahn to Give Falk Lecture

By Eddy Ball
December 2009

Kahn, Falk Lecturer C. Ronald Kahn (Photo courtesy of C Ronald Kahn and the Joslin Diabetes Center)

The NIEHS 2008-2009 Distinguished Lecture Series continues on December 8 with the annual Hans L. Falk Memorial Lecture. The lecturer this year is C. Ronald Kahn, M.D., Sc.D., who will speak on "Genes and Environment in the Epidemic of Diabetes and Obesity." The lecture will begin at 11:00 a.m. in the Rodbell Auditorium.

Kahn( Exit NIEHS is senior investigator and head of the Section on Obesity and Hormone Research, the Mary K. Iacocca Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, and Vice Chairman of the Board of the Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston.

Kahn has been recognized internationally for his pioneering work in the field of diabetes, including seminal discoveries that have defined the molecular and cellular mechanisms of insulin action, and have yielded critical information about insulin resistance in obesity and diabetes.

His principal research interests involve understanding the molecular mechanism of action of insulin and related growth factors at a molecular level and defining the defects that underlie human diabetes mellitus at a molecular and physiologic level. The Kahn lab has also found interesting links between SIRT1-3 and the control of metabolism and longevity.

The annual Hans L. Falk Memorial Lecture Series was initiated by scientists and friends of Hans Falk, Ph.D., the first scientific director at NIEHS, to showcase scientists who have made distinguished contributions to environmental health sciences. Falk was an internationally known environmental health science authority, and one of the founding members and shaping forces at NIEHS.

During his visit, Kahn will meet with investigators, students and fellows to discuss issues of common interest. He will also deliver a second lecture on Wednesday, December 9, when he will present his own current research in a seminar designed for specialists in his field.

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