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May 2017 We have been running a study involving healthy thin people - understanding the genes for thinness could pave the way for new treatments for obesity. A website for the study has just gone live - you can find it at www.stilts.org.uk.

 

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Meet the Team

Clinical Team | Co-ordination Team | Laboratory Team

 

 

 

Clinical Team

 

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Dr. IS Farooqi
Professor of Metabolism and Medicine

I qualified with Honours and the Queen’s Scholarship in Medicine from the University of Birmingham. After hospital posts in Birmingham and Oxford, I moved to Cambridge to undertake a PhD with Professor Stephen O’Rahilly. During this time, we identified the first genes to cause obesity and established the GOOS cohort, with the help of many colleagues worldwide. We have received a number of awards in recognition of our work which has been published in high impact journals. As a Wellcome Trust Senior Clinical Fellow, I co-ordinate a multi-disciplinary team of people working on a programme of research in obesity.
I am also an Honorary Consultant in Diabetes and Endocrinology at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge.

Dr. IS Farooqi

Professor of Metabolism
and Medicine

 

 

 

Julia Keogh
Principal Research Nurse

After my BSc, I worked as a Research Technician for the MRC before training as a Paediatric Nurse. In 1998, I was given a 1 year secondment from the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit at Addenbrooke’s Hospital to join a group developing research interests in childhood obesity. During this time, I established and developed my role as Co-ordinator of GOOS and was involved in the first clinical trial of leptin therapy. I have since been involved in many clinical studies and have responsibility for linking our co-ordination work, with the lab and clinical teams. I have established systems for collating our clinical research findings so that we can use the information to learn new things about genetic forms of obesity. I plan to follow-up our patients over time, so important for future research, and will work closely with them to communicate our research findings and provide support, the first step being the development of this website! Outside of work, I support Portsmouth FC, but my greatest pleasure is playing with my grandchildren.

Julia Keogh

Principal Research Nurse

 

 

 

Fleur Talbot
Wellcome Trust Research Training Fellow

I completed my undergraduate degree in cell biology, and my medical degree at University College London. My post-graduate training has mainly been at Addenbrooke's Hospital, and I am a specialist registrar here in diabetes and endocrinology. I joined the Farooqi team in October 2014, and am undertaking a PhD focusing on understanding the molecular mechanisms that result in obesity, and relating these to the problems our patients face. In particular, I am looking at mutations in G-protein coupled receptors, and their effects on intracellular signalling and cell function, and the way this translates to metabolic disease. I enjoy spending my spare time looking after my two small children, gardening and cooking. I am also passionate about art and travel.

Fleur Talbot

Wellcome Trust Research Training Fellow

 

 

 

 

 

Co-ordination Team

 

Gillian Coleman
Research Co-ordinator

I joined the team in July 2016 working as a Research Co-ordinator for GOOS. Prior to this I completed a degree in Molecular Biology at Anglia Ruskin University, and then spent fourteen years working as a Research Assistant for a Type 1 Diabetic group within the University of Cambridge. I worked within the Sample Processing Team, co-ordinating the receipt and processing of clinical research study samples. As part of this role I also worked alongside the Cord Blood and Stem Cell Biobank, within the Rosie Maternity Unit, consenting and collecting placental cord blood samples for various studies. In my current role I work closely with the other research co-ordinators, as well as the clinical and laboratory teams, to ensure the smooth running of GOOS. Outside of work I enjoy camping and travelling with friends, films and comedy, and hobbies such as knitting, crochet and painting.

Gillian Coleman

Research Co-ordinator

 

 

 

Sarah Kelway
Research Assistant in Human Nutrition

I joined the GOOS team in November 2013 as a Research Assistant in Human Nutrition. I have a varied background within the field of nutrition, initially focusing on designing and analysing the nutritional quality of school meals as well as organising and running cookery sessions and educational workshops on the 'importance of eating healthily'. Following this, I took a more clinical approach to nutrition, working as a Clinical Nutrition Sales Specialist in the area of Parenteral Nutrition. As part of the GOOS Clinical Team, I am currently working on several clinical studies with both patients and volunteers. Within these studies my main role is to provide on-going nutritional advice, and to design appropriate meals to suit the specific requirements of each study. Outside of work, my interests lie in shopping, catching up with friends and family, swimming, and watching films.

Sarah Kelway

Research Assistant
in Human Nutrition

 

 

 











 

 

Laboratory Team

 

Jacek Mokrosinski
Post Doctoral Research Associate

I joined the team in February 2014 as a Post Doctoral Research Associate. I am a biology/biochemistry graduate from the University of Lodz, Poland. Since 2008 I have been working in the Laboratory of Molecular Pharmacology at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark, where I obtained my PhD degree in 2012. I have studied structural and functional properties of 7-transmembrane G-protein coupled receptors (7TM / GPCR) and their role in regulation of metabolism. My current work is focused on understanding the molecular mechanisms behind severe obesity. I am investigating the potential role of naturally occurring mutations of 7TM receptors in the pathogenesis of metabolic diseases. Outside work, my interests include modern design and architecture, sightseeing, and family history research.

Jacek Mokrosinski

Post Doctoral
Research Associate