News at Medicine - May 2009 - Obesity research at Memorial featured in national newsletter


Obesity research at Memorial featured in national newsletter
May 27, 2009
The work of Dr. Guang Sun, professor of Genetics, is featured in the latest issue of issue of Your Research Dollars at Work, a newsletter distributed by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) to Members of Parliament, Senators and policy makers.
 
This article on Dr. Guang Sun’s research is featured in the CIHR newsletter Your Health Research Dollars at Work.

The article, titled Newfoundland Volunteers Help Find Obesity-Preventing Genes, describes how Dr. Sun has discovered 45 genes involved in gaining weight – results that will provide insights into the genetic targets responsible for individual differences in weight gain.

The CIHR-supported study is the first of its kind in the field of obesity research in the world. Unlike other studies, which study obesity by having participants diet and exercise, Dr. Sun's project encouraged volunteers to overeat for seven days by mimicking the overeating in the development of obesity, leading to the discovery of the new genes.

In the CIHR newsletter, Dr. Sun is quoted as saying, "These genes may represent a protective mechanism at the molecular level in people who are lean. This will provide valuable insights into the genetic targets responsible for individual differences in weight gain.”

The newsletter can be viewed at www.cihr-irsc.gc.ca/e/39390.html#7.