Interim leadership named for the Fraternal Order of Eagles Diabetes Research Center

Email sent out by Dr. E. Dale Abel –

Colleagues:

I am pleased to share the news that Drs. Andrew(Andy) Norris and Kamal Rahmouni have both agreed to serve as interim Co-Directors of the Fraternal Order of Eagles Diabetes Center.

Andy Norris, MD PhD, is a physician scientist and Professor in the Department of Pediatrics and Biochemistry. He serves as the Director of the Division of Pediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes, and holds a Richard O. Jacobson Foundation Chair in Pediatrics. His research involves translational studies related to the integrated physiology of diabetes across the lifespan, with recent focus on cystic fibrosis related diabetes and early life determinants of diabetes risk. He has served as Associate Director of the FOEDRC since 2014. Andy has provided steady leadership within the FOEDRC since its inception. He was instrumental in setting up euglycemic clamps in our Mouse Metabolic Phenotyping Core, he has led our Chalk Talk series which has provided invaluable grant mentorship to entire FOEDRC community. Andy served with me as Co-PI of our Diabetes Center Training grant, the competitive renewal of which has been competitively scored and renewal is anticipated.

Kamal Rahmouni is a professor in the Department of Neuroscience & Pharmacology and Internal Medicine. He also holds the Fraternal Order of Eagles Diabetes Center Research Endowed Chair and serves as Co-Director of the Obesity Research and Education Initiative. His research seeks to understand the fundamental processes involved in the control of energy homeostasis in health and disease. His work has led to the identification of novel mechanisms that underlie obesity and associated disorders including type 2 diabetes and hypertension. Kamal has been the recipient of the 2016 Paul Korner Award by the International Society of Hypertension (ISH) and the 2015 Mid-Career Award for Research Excellence from the Council of Hypertension from the American Heart Association. He is a co-PI on the Nephrology and Hypertension Training Grant and the Training Director of the American Heart Association Strategic Focused Research Network Award to the University of Iowa on cardiometabolic disease.

Kamal and Andy have mentored many trainees and faculty within the FOEDRC and are very qualified to continue the current trajectory of the Diabetes Center. I am confident that they will provide strong and steady leadership as long as needed, while a search for a new permanent director is conducted. Please join me in welcoming Andy and Kamal into these roles.

Dale

E. Dale Abel, MD, PhD
François M. Abboud Chair in Internal Medicine
John B. Stokes III Chair in Diabetes Research
Chair and Department Executive Officer, Department of Internal Medicine
Director: Fraternal Order of Eagles Diabetes Research Center
Professor of Medicine, Biochemistry and Biomedical Engineering
University of Iowa, Carver College of Medicine

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