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March 17 , 2006
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Researcher to address the role of fat cells in obesity, chronic diseases

YPSILANTI - Physicians and researchers have long known that obesity can be linked to health problems. Now researchers have found that fat cells, called adipocytes, not only store fat, but also produce hormones called adipokines that may contribute to the development of a wide variety of other diseases that affect Americans.

Researcher Peter Mancuso, from the University of Michigan’s Department of Environmental Health Services, will discuss the role of fat cells during his talk, “Phat Hormones: The emerging Role of the Adipokines in Health Care,” Monday, March 27, 7:30 p.m., 109 Marshall Building, on the campus of Eastern Michigan University.

Mancuso will also discuss research that links the lack of sleep to hormone production and obesity, which has become a major health issue in the United States.

The program is free and open to the public.

“We now know that fat cells are not only involved in the development of obesity, but also generate a family of hormones (adipokines) associated with the development of such chronic diseases as coronary heart disease, diabetes and cancer,” said George Liepa, Ph.D., professor of nutrition, at Eastern Michigan University. “This should be a very informative and interesting presentation.”

Sigma Xi, an honorary science and engineering fraternity at EMU, sponsors the program. For more information, call 734.487.2499.


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