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17:25 - 18:30 2 October 2012
2012 UCL Prize Lecture in Clinical Science - ‘To Eat or Not to Eat: Leptin and the Biologic Basis of Obesity’
Lecture Theatre 1 |
Gower Street | London | WC1E 6BT | United Kingdom
Admission: Free of charge
Professor Jeffrey M. Friedman, Marilyn M. Simpson Professor and Head of Laboratory of Molecular Genetics, The Rockefeller University
This annual prize lecture series has been running for 16 years but within this short space of time has rapidly become the pre-eminent series on contemporary science in Europe. The whole event, which provides an opportunity to debate and celebrate important scientific advancements, has always been very stimulating and hugely enjoyable.
This year the Prize Lecture will be given by Professor Jeffrey M. Friedman. Prior to Jeffrey M. Friedman's groundbreaking research, little was known about the components of the biologic system that controls weight, and many scientists questioned the very existence of such a system. Dr Friedman's 1994 identification of the weight- and appetite-regulating hormone leptin, however, provided a genetic explanation of obesity and has challenged the popular belief that lack of willpower causes people to be obese.
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