Sokol Lecture Series - Jeffrey M. Friedman

Renowned Obesity Researcher, Delivers lecture

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A mouse unable to produce leptin (left) and a normal mouse.

This lecture was held in Montclair State University’s Alexander Kasser Theater on October 16 at 8 p.m.

A researcher of the molecular mechanisms that regulate food intake and body weight, Friedman is perhaps best known for his genetic studies with mice that led to the identification of leptin, a hormone made by fat tissue, which plays a key role in regulating weight. He will discuss his research in his presentation, “To Eat or Not to Eat: Leptin and the Biologic Basis of Obesity.”

During the past 20 years, there has been a dramatic increase in obesity in the United States and rates remain high. More than one-third of US adults (35.7 percent) and approximately 17 percent (or 12.5 million) of children and adolescents aged 2 - 19 years are obese. Is obesity a disease caused by genetics, biological factors, or illnesses or is it a results from a person’s chosen lifestyle, eating habits, and environment? Friedman’s research will help in finding an answer to this question.

Friedman is Marilyn M. Simpson Professor and heads the Laboratory of Molecular Genetics at Rockefeller University, and is also Investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. He is the 2005 winner of the Gairdner Foundation International Award and received the Passano Foundation Award in 2009. He was also awarded the Shaw Prize and Keio Medical Science Prize, and together with Douglas L. Coleman, is the winner of the 2010 Albert Lasker Award for Basic Medical Research.

Presented by the College of Science and Mathematics, the Sokol Science Lecture Series was established in 2002 through a gift from benefactors Margaret and Herman Sokol. The annual lectures provide an opportunity for members of the University and surrounding communities to gain a greater appreciation and expanded knowledge of important issues in science. Topics explored in the past include gravitation, human evolution, and the effects of global warming on the Arctic.

Tickets, available at the Kasser Theater, are free to Montclair State students, faculty, staff, and alumni, $10.00 for all others. For more information call 973-655-5352 or email