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Fajans Lecture in Diabetes to be given by Markus Stoffel, MD, PhD


markus stoffel md phd

Markus Stoffel, M.D., Ph.D.

stefan s. fajans, m.d.
Stefan S. Fajans, M.D.

Friday, June 10, 2011
1:30-2:30 pm

Oliphant-Marshall Auditorium
Kellogg Eye Center
1000 Wall Street, Ann Arbor 48105

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"Novel regulators of pancreatic b-cell maintenance,
growth, and function"

Markus Stoffel, MD, PhD
Professor, Institute of Molecular Systems Biology
ETH Zurich, Switzerland

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The Stefan S. Fajans Lecture in Diabetes sponsored by the University of Michigan Division of Metabolism, Endocrinology & Diabetes will be given by Markus Stoffel, M.D., Ph.D. This annual lecture in honor of Dr. Fajans recognizes a renowned diabetes investigator and/or physician who has made significant contributions to the field.

Markus Stoffel has been Full Professor of the Institute of Molecular Systems Biology at the ETH Zurich since July 2006. He was born in Cologne, Germany and studied Medicine at the Universities of Cambridge, UK and Bonn, Germany. After a two-year residency in Internal Medicine at the Eppendorf Krankenhaus (Medical Center) in Hamburg, he spent three years as a postdoctoral fellow and Assistant Professor in the laboratory of Prof. G.I. Bell at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute at the University of Chicago, USA. In 1995 he moved to the Rockefeller University as an Assistant Professor and Head of Laboratory of Metabolic Diseases. In 1999, he was appointed full Professor.

Dr. Stoffel's research focuses on the molecular and genetic mechanisms that regulate glucose and lipid homeostasis and that are dysregulated in complex human diseases such as type 2 diabetes.

Markus Stoffel received several honors for his work, including the Irma T. Hirschl Career Scientist Award (1996), Pew Scholar Award in Biomedical Sciences (1996), Career Development Award, American Diabetes Association (1997), Bristol Myers Squibb Unrestricted Grant Award (Metabolism) (2002), Ernst Klenk Award (2002), the Dorothy Hodgkin Award (Diabetes UK, 2005), and the Oustanding Scientific Research Award from the American Diabetes Association (2006), the Minkovski Award (2007), the Wieland Prize (2008) and the JDRF Gerold & Kayla Grodsky Award (2010). In 2006 he was elected member of the Deutsche Akademie der Naturforscher Leopoldina and in 2008 he became a member of the European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO). In 2009 he received an ERC Advanced Grant.

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Stefan S. Fajans, M.D., Active Professor Emeritus of the Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Metabolism, Endocrinology & Diabetes, became a member of the University of Michigan Medical School faculty in 1949.  He served as Chief of the Division of Endocrinology & Metabolism from 1973 to 1987 and as the Director of the University of Michigan Diabetes Research and Training Center from 1977 to 1986.  Dr. Fajans devoted a large portion of his scientific career to the study of diabetes and made important contributions to the understanding of its etiology, diagnosis and treatment.  For more on his work and career, please see this bio of Dr. Stefan S. Fajans [PDF].