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Apr 2017 A recent BBC TV programme hosted by Professor Rachel Batterham, a world leading expert in obesity, highlighted the problems associated with obesity prejudice in the NHS.

 

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

 

Latest News

 

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.
 

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.

 

 

Jul 2015

Wellcome Trust Research Training Fellowship

 

Fleur Talbot, a young doctor who has recently joined our team from clinical training in endocrinology, has been successful in her application for a Wellcome Trust Research Training Fellowship.

 

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Jun 2015

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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May 2015

Your Gene - SIM1

 

The second of a series of leaflets giving more detailed information about specific genes is now available (click here to read 'Your Gene - SIM1').

 

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Apr 2015

Facebook - MC4R Group

 

Exciting news: we are now on Facebook!

 

One of our MC4R patients has set up a MC4R patient and family support group. It is a 'Private' group so if you are interested, you will have to request to join the group.

 

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Mar 2015

Article in Scientific Journal Cell

 

Professor Farooqi and Dr Agatha van der Klaauw have written a review article on obesity that has been published in the scientific journal Cell (click here to view).

 

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Mar 2015

Team Success

 

Recently, Agatha van der Klaauw (Wellcome Trust Clinical Fellow) represented our team at the Academy of Medical Sciences Spring Meeting for Clinician Scientists in Training

 

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Jan 2015

Winter Newsletter Out Now

 

Our Winter 2014/15 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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Dec 2014

Your Gene - MC4R

 

The first of a series of leaflets giving more detailed information about specific genes is now available (click here to read 'Your Gene - MC4R').

 

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Dec 2014

Leptin Regulates Blood Pressure

 

Researchers from the University of Cambridge and Monash University, Australia, have discovered that leptin, a hormone that regulates the amount of fat stored in the body, also affects the increase in blood pressure that comes with weight gain (click here to read).

 

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July 2014

Summer Newsletter Out Now

 

Our Summer 2014 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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June 2014

Patient Information Leaflet

 

We invite our patients and families to give us your comments on the first version of our new "Patient Information Leaflet" (click here to view).

 

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November 2013

 

GOOS Winter Newsletter Out Now!

 

The latest edition of the GOOS newsletter is now available. You can find it online at our Newsletters page, where you can also subscribe for future editions.

 

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Oct 2013

New Genetic Cause of Severe Obesity Discovered

 

Researchers from the University of Cambridge have discovered a novel genetic cause of severe obesity which, although relatively rare, demonstrates for the first time that genes can reduce basal metabolic rate – how the body burns calories (see video clip here). 

 

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June 2013

New Obesity Gene Discovered

 

Researchers from the GOOS team and Boston Children’s Hospital have discovered a genetic cause of severe obesity which, although rare, raises new questions about weight gain and energy use.

 

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June 2013

GOOS on the Today Programme

 

Researchers in Cambridge have recently received £24 million to work on the causes and health consequences of weight problems and develop new approaches to prevent and treat conditions such as diabetes.

 

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April 2013

Would You Like To Help Our Research?

 

We are currently running an ad campaign on Heart FM to recruit new volunteers to our studies. Find out more about all our studies and how you can get involved here.

 

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February 2013

GOOS Bake Sale Is A Sweet Success!

 

Back in December the talented bakers of the GOOS team held a bake sale to raise money for future GOOS projects, like our patient support day. We were able to raise over £200!

 

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December 2012

GOOS Winter Newsletter Now Available

 

We've just released our second newsletter. Find out what we've acheived in 2012 and what we've got planned for 2013, and how you can help.

 

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December 2012

New Links Found Between SH2B1 and Obesity

 

We have recently discovered that defects in the SH2B1 gene can cause weight gain from a young age. SH2B1 is an adaptor molecule through which hormones such as leptin and insulin send signals from the bloodstream into target tissues such as neurons in the brain.

 

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