News at Medicine - August 2012 - Grad student receives travel grant

Grad student receives travel grant
August 16, 2012
Faculty of Medicine graduate student Danny Wadden has received a $1,710 travel award from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research to attend The Obesity Society’s 30th Annual Scientific Meeting taking place Sept. 20–24 in San Antonio, Texas. To date, the meeting is one of the largest gatherings of researchers and other health professionals in the field of obesity.
Mr. Wadden, who is finishing up the first year of his Master’s program under the supervision of Dr. Guang Sun, will present three posters at the conference.  

The titles to be presented include: 
  • GLP-1 Response to Short-term Overfeeding in Young Men.
  • Circulating Ghrelin is Inversely Associated with Dietary Sugar Intake in the Newfoundland Population.
  • Dietary Leucine is Associated with Reduced Insulin Resistance in Women in the Newfoundland Population.

His current research utilizes data from the Newfoundland population and examines the association of gut derived hormones (GLP-1 and ghrelin) with obesity and obesity-related comorbidities, including Type 2 diabetes. Additionally, Mr. Wadden investigates the involvement of dietary amino acids, specifically leucine, in relation to body weight and insulin resistance.