UCSF researcher wins prestigious HeIDi Award
Kajimura honored for research in diabetes
BY KATHLEEN JAY
Recognized for his ground-breaking research in engineering brown fat cells to fight obesity, Kajimura shared the Novo Nordisk Helmholtz Young Investigator Diabetes (HeIDi) Award honoring outstanding young scientists with Brian Finan, an investigator from the Helmholtz Zentrum München, at which he studies medicinal therapy strategies for diabetes and obesity.
"I am deeply-honored to be selected for this award by my esteemed colleagues. I also would like to acknowledge all my lab members who contributed significantly to the research program and my colleagues in UCSF for their warmest supports," Kajimura said.
Kajimura and his lab at UCSF specialize in research of brown fat cells -- the opposite of white fat cells, which contribute to the storage of fat and obesity.
"The prize honors young talents for their excellent research results," Ulrich Stilz, Vice President of Novo Nordisk said. "We want to encourage young scientists to continue their research and also to pursue the translational potential in order to build on their findings and develop new treatment strategies."
In studying the development of brown fat cells, Dr. Kajimura's goal is to figure out a way to produce brown fat to expend energy and fight obesity -- a major risk factor for many metabolic diseases, such as type 2 diabetes.
"Shingo is a trail-blazing investigator," said Matthias Hebrok, PhD and Director of UCSF's Diabetes Center. "We are thrilled that he is being recognized by the international science community with this award."
For more information, visit diabetes.ucsf.edu.