Genetics of Obesity to be Subject of State-of-the-Art Lecture

Stephen O’Rahilly, MD


Stephen O’Rahilly, MD, will speak on “The Causes and Consequences of Obesity: Lessons from Genetics” in a state-of-the-art lecture on Thursday, Nov. 17.

Dr. O’Rahilly is professor of clinical biochemistry and medicine and head of the department of clinical biochemistry at the University of Cambridge and honorary consultant physician at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge, UK. He is active in clinical practice and in teaching medical students.

In his research, he has sought to better understand the molecular mechanisms leading to diabetes, obesity, and related metabolic and endocrine disorders. Dr. O’Rahilly led the establishment of the Wellcome Trust-MRC Institute of Metabolic Science, which he co-directs along with directing the institute’s metabolic diseases unit. He is scientific director of the National Institute for Health Research’s Cambridge Biomedical Research Centre.

Dr. O’Rahilly is currently president of the Society for Endocrinology. He served as chair of the UK Medical Research Society and as a member of the biological awards committee of the Royal Society.

He was the founding editor of Cell Metabolism, Disease Models & Mechanisms, and EMBO Molecular Medicine, where he still serves on the editorial board. He currently serves on the editorial board of Reviews in Endocrine & Metabolic Disorders and has been on the boards of the Quarterly Journal of Medicine, Diabetic Medicine, and PLOS Biology.

Dr. O’Rahilly has won many national and international awards, including the Heinrich Wieland Prize, the Inbev Baillet Latour Prize, the Zülch Prize, and the first European Association for the Study of Diabetes/Novo Nordisk Foundation Diabetes Prize for Excellence. He was elected to the Royal Society in 2003 and as a foreign associate of the US National Academy of Sciences in 2011. He is an honorary member of the German Society for Internal Medicine. He was appointed a Knight Bachelor in 2013.

He received his medical degree from the National University of Ireland and undertook postgraduate training in London, Oxford, and Boston before setting up his laboratory in Cambridge in 1991.

October/November 2016  (Vol 8, Issue 10/11)