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Professor Wins Diabetes Award

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Photo of Sabire Ozcan, Ph.D.
Sabire Ozcan, Ph.D.

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Ozcan, one of the many faculty members hired through the Research Challenge Trust Fund (RCTF), more commonly known as “Bucks for Brains,” has been recognized for a proposal involving the study of glucose regulation of insulin. The grant is in the amount of $100, 000 for three years, to total $300,000. Funding will begin July 1.

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June 26, 2003 (Lexington, Ky.) -- Sabire Ozcan, Ph.D., assistant professor, Department of Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry, University of Kentucky College of Medicine, has won a research award from the American Diabetes Association (ADA).

Ozcan, one of the many faculty members hired through the Research Challenge Trust Fund (RCTF), more commonly known as “Bucks for Brains,” has been recognized for a proposal involving the study of glucose regulation of insulin. The grant is in the amount of $100, 000 for three years, to total $300,000. Funding will begin July 1.

Ozcan, a graduate of Heinrich-Heine University in Duesseldorf, Germany, completed postdoctoral work at Washington University in St. Louis, Mo. Her laboratory studies the biological effects of glucose on metabolism, glucose transport, and regulation of gene expression in organisms such as yeast and mammals.

“Understanding the mechanisms by which glucose induces gene expression is important, since defects in this process result in metabolic disorders such as diabetes mellitus,” Ozcan said. “Diabetes affects over 6 percent of the American population.”

In funding innovative research such as that led by Ozcan, the ADA research program supports projects that cover the spectrum of diabetes-related investigation.

The ADA is the nation’s leading voluntary health organization supporting diabetes research, information and advocacy. Founded in 1940, the association has offices in every region of the country, providing services to hundreds of communities. For more information about ADA and its research program, visit www.diabetes.org or call 1-800-DIABETES. To learn more about Ozcan’s work, visit the Department of Biochemistry Web site.


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