Sadaf Farooqi, PhD
Genetics of obesity expert

Neural and Physiological Mechanisms Involved in Human Energy Balance

University of Cambridge Metabolic Research Laboratories

TOS and ASMBS are pleased to announce that the ObesityWeek 2016 keynote will be offered by genetics of obesity expert, Professor Sadaf Farooqi PhD, FRCP, FMedSci. 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, published in Nature in 1997 and described their dramatic response to leptin therapy (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 and has been the recipient of a number of awards in recognition of her contribution to Endocrinology including the Andre Mayer Award 2006 (International Association for the Study of Obesity), the RD Lawrence Award 2007 (Diabetes UK), the Society for Endocrinology Medal 2012 and the European Society for Endocrinology Prize 2012.