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Obesity research
The 2009 Cox Award, valued at $30,000 went to Drs. Kensuke and Michiru Hirasawa for their joint application “Analysis of Brain Gene Expression in Juvenile Obesity Model.”

This application from two established investigators within the BioMedical Sciences Division concerns the hypothalamic regulation of appetite, including the transmitter systems responsible for laying down memories associated with dietary fat intake. The project makes use of a gene expression array approach, which was recognized for its great potential to lead to novel and potentially significant breakthroughs concerning the underlying hypothalamic mechanisms.

In the photo: From left: Christian Alberto, research assistant; Katrin Zipplerlen, research assistant, Dr. Sherri Christian, post-doctoral fellow, Dr. Michiru Hirasawa and Dr. Kensuke Hirasawa.