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Feb 2017 The Endocrine Society have just issued new Clinical Practice Guidelines advising healthcare professionals on how to assess, prevent and treat childhood obesity.

 

Jan 2017 Professor Farooqi spoke to Jim Al-Khalili on BBC Radio Four's The Life Scientific. You can listen to the interview here.

 

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We would like to keep our patients, families and professionals up to date with the latest developments in our research.

 
We may sometimes highlight particular “news reports” that may appear in the media, as there may be general points that are worth emphasising or challenging.
 

Feb 2017

Endocrine Society Guidelines for Childhood Obesity

 

The Endocrine Society have just issued their new Clinical Practice Guidelines advising healthcare professionals on how to assess, prevent and treat childhood obesity.

 

The guidelines, entitled "Pediatric Obesity-Assessment, Treatment, and Prevention: An Endocrine Society Clinical Practice Guideline" will appear in the March 2017 print issue of The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism (JCEM). In addition to prevention and treatment, the guideline provides recommendations on how to evaluate affected children for medical or psychological complications, when to evaluate children for rare genetic causes of obesity and when to consider medications or surgery for the most severely affected older adolescents.

 

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Jan 2017

The Life Scientific

 

Professor Farooqi spoke to Jim Al-Khalili on BBC Radio Four's The Life Scientific. Professor Al-Khalili talks to a different leading scientist each week to find out more about their life and work, and what their research might do for us all. You can hear his interview with Professor Farooqi here - http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08b7vyg/.

 

 

 

 

Jan 2017

Happy New Year

 

Professor Farooqi and the GOOS team would like to wish all of our many collaborators, colleagues, patients and their families a very Happy New Year.

 

 

 

 

Dec 2016

Winter Newsletter Out Now

 

Our Winter newsletter is out now. You can read it online by visiting our Newsletters page, or subscribe to have it sent to you by email.

 

 

 

 

Nov 2016

Keynote Lecture - Obesity Week

 

Professor Farooqi gave the Keynote Lecture at Obesity Week which took place in New Orleans, USA in the first week of November. This American meeting brought together Healthcare professionals who care for people with weight problems and Surgeons who perform bariatric surgery. Alongside clinical professionals, researchers who work in related areas also attended the meeting. Some of the topics covered were how pathways in the brain control weight, why some treatments (including surgery) are effective for some people but not others, and how to design effective public health policies.

 

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Nov 2016

PhD Thesis Award

 

Edson Mendes de Oliveira, a Research Associate with our team, has recently heard that his PhD thesis was awarded an "Honorable Mention in the CAPES Thesis Award 2016".

 

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Oct 2016

Important new paper: Why do some people prefer fatty foods?

 

Most people find high fat, high sugar foods particularly appetising. This can lead to eating more calories than we need and can contribute to weight gain. But what influences food choice? The taste, appearance, smell and texture of food are all important, but do genes play an important role?

 

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Sep 2016

Chinese Connections

 

A major International Congress of Endocrinology took place in Beijing, China in the first week of September. This was a meeting involving thousands of doctors and scientists working on hormone problems and weight problems. Professor Farooqi gave one of the Plenary Lectures at this prestigious meeting, focusing on our work in obesity. This was a great opportunity to share our work and ideas for future collaborations with a large audience, many of whom have not considered genetic causes of obesity before.

 

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Jul 2016

Summer Newsletter Out Now

 

Our Summer newsletter is out now. You can read it online by visiting our Newsletters page, or subscribe by email to have it sent to you.

 

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Jun 2016

EMBO Long-Term Fellowship

 

Bas Brouwers, a Research Associate who recently joined our team after his PhD training at the KU Leuven, has been successful in his application for an EMBO Long-Term Fellowship. This is a prestigious and competitive award that will fund his postdoctoral work on the molecular and physiological pathways that regulate body weight.

 

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May 2016

Healthcare Professionals Leaflet

 

Our leaflet for healthcare professionals is now available (click here to read 'Genetic Causes of Severe Obesity: What Does This Mean?'). It aims to answer some of the questions a healthcare professional may face when supporting and caring for patients/families with a possible genetic cause for their severe obesity.

 

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Apr 2016

Speech - Trinity Hall Cambridge

 

Jacek Mokrosinski, a Postdoctoral Research Associate in Professor Farooqi's group gave a talk at Trinity Hall, the fifth oldest college in Cambridge (founded in 1350). The audience were postdoctoral scientists and graduate students of the College, attending the inauguration of the Trinity Hall postdoctoral seminar series.

 

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Mar 2016

Stem Cell Research

 

One of the challenges when studying genes that cause weight problems has been to find a way to unravel their function by using research in the laboratory. This can often involve working with cells that behave in a way that mirrors or models how real cells work in the body. Stem cells have the ability to grow into different types of cells (heart, kidney, brain cells) in the laboratory and so can be used to study and perhaps in the future, to treat, a variety of medical conditions.

 

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Feb 2016

Exchanges at The Frontier

 

Professor Sadaf Farooqi featured in an episode of Exchanges at The Frontier, broadcast by the BBC World Service on 20th Feb 2016.

 

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Jan 2016

Happy New Year

 

Professor Farooqi and the GOOS team would like to wish all of our many Collaborators, Colleagues, Patients and their Families a very Happy New Year.

 

 

Dec 2015

Winter Newsletter Out Now

 

Our Winter 2015/16 newsletter is out now. You can read it online by visiting our Newsletters page, or subscribe by email to have it sent to you.

 

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Nov 2015

Team News

 

One of our team, Elena Bochukova, will be taking up a position as a Lecturer in the Centre for Genomics at the Blizard Institute, part of Barts and The Royal London School of Medicine.

 

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Oct 2015

Principal Research Nurse

 

We are delighted to share some great team news. In recognition of her expanded role within the team, Julia Keogh has recently been awarded a promotion by the University of Cambridge to the position of Principal Research Nurse.

 

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Sep 2015

Beta Judo Symposium in Cambridge

 

Recently we hosted a 2 day symposium in which scientists and doctors from across Europe came together to discuss research conducted as part of the Beta Judo Consortium.

 

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Aug 2015

First child with Congenital Leptin Deficiency identified in India

 

A ten month old baby, referred to us from doctors in Mumbai, is the first patient in India known to have congenital leptin deficiency. There is a safe and very effective treatment for this condition and we hope to be able to begin treating this infant later this year.