The European Journal of Endocrinology Prize Winner
Professor Sadaf Farooqi, Cambridge, UK Abstract
The European Journal of Endocrinology Prize is awarded to a candidate who has significantly contributed to the advancement of knowledge in the field of endocrinology through publication. This year's recipient is Professor Sadaf Farooqi. The prize will be presented as part of the ICE/ECE 2012 opening ceremony where Prof. Farooqi will deliver her lecture. Prof. Farooqi will also write a review article based on this lecture to be published in European Journal of Endocrinology. Further information can be found at http://www.euro-endo.org/prizes/default.htm
Sadaf Farooqi qualified with Honours in Medicine from the University of Birmingham, being awarded the gold medal. After hospital posts in Birmingham and Oxford she moved to Cambridge to undertake a PhD. She identified the first single gene defect to cause human obesity in patients with a mutation in the leptin gene (Nature 1997) and described their dramatic response to leptin therapy, establishing leptin's role in the regulation of eating behaviour, puberty and immune function (NEJM 1999; SCIENCE 2007). As a Wellcome Trust Senior Clinical Fellow at the Institute of Metabolic Science in Cambridge, Professor Farooqi co-ordinates a programme of research into the genetic, molecular and physiological basis of human obesity. She has been invited to speak at numerous international meetings, is on several Editorial Boards and has been the recipient of a number of awards in recognition of her work including the RD Lawrence Award (Diabetes UK 2007), Andre Mayer Award (International Association for the Study of Obesity 2006) and the Society for Endocrinology Medal 2012.