(Philadelphia, PA) - Mitchell Lazar, MD,
PhD, Director of the Institute for Diabetes, Obesity, and
Metabolism, at the University of Pennsylvania School of
Medicine, is the 2006 recipient of The Endocrine Society’s
Edwin B. Astwood Award Lecture. Lazar will present his talk, entitled,
“Nuclear Receptors and Endocrinology,” at the society’s
88th annual meeting, this week in Boston, MA.
Lazar is also the Sylvan H. Eisman Professor of Medicine and Genetics
and Chief of the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism
at Penn, where he has been since 1989.
For the past 20 years his scientific research has focused on gene
and metabolic regulation and mechanisms of hormone action. He also
discovered the hormone resistin, which plays an integral role in
In 1995, The Endocrine Society also recognized Lazar’s achievements,
presenting him with the Richard E. Weitzman Memorial Award, which
acknowledged him as a promising new investigator in the field of
Lazar is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
and Stanford University, where he completed his undergraduate and
doctorate degrees, respectively. He completed his medical residency
and Endocrinology Fellowship through Harvard University at the Brigham
and Women's Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston,
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dedicated to the related missions of medical education, biomedical
research, and high-quality patient care. PENN Medicine consists
of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine (founded in
1765 as the nation's first medical school) and the University of
Pennsylvania Health System.
Penn's School of Medicine is ranked #2 in the nation for receipt
of NIH research funds; and ranked #3 in the nation in U.S.News &
World Report's most recent ranking of top research-oriented medical
schools. Supporting 1,400 fulltime faculty and 700 students, the
School of Medicine is recognized worldwide for its superior education
and training of the next generation of physician-scientists and
leaders of academic medicine.
The University of Pennsylvania Health System includes three
hospitals [Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, which is
consistently ranked one of the nation's few "Honor Roll"
hospitals by U.S.News & World Report; Pennsylvania Hospital,
the nation's first hospital; and Penn Presbyterian Medical Center];
a faculty practice plan; a primary-care provider network; two multispecialty
satellite facilities; and home care and hospice.