We would like to keep our patients, families and professionals up to date with the latest developments in our research.
We may sometimes highlight particular “news reports” that may appear in the media, as there may be general points that are worth emphasising or challenging.
First child with Congenital Leptin Deficiency identified in India
A ten month old baby, referred to us from doctors in Mumbai, is the first patient in India known to have congenital leptin deficiency. There is a safe and very effective treatment for this condition and we hope to be able to begin treating this infant later this year.
Wellcome Trust Research Training Fellowship
Fleur Talbot, a young doctor who has recently joined our team from clinical training in endocrinology, has been successful in her application for a Wellcome Trust Research Training Fellowship.
Summer Newsletter Out Now
Our Summer newsletter is out now. You can read it online by visiting our Newsletters page, or subscribe by email to have it sent to you.
Your Gene - SIM1
The second of a series of leaflets giving more detailed information about specific genes is now available (click here to read 'Your Gene - SIM1').
Facebook - MC4R Group
Exciting news: we are now on Facebook!
One of our MC4R patients has set up a MC4R patient and family support group. It is a 'Private' group so if you are interested, you will have to request to join the group.
Article in Scientific Journal Cell
Professor Farooqi and Dr Agatha van der Klaauw have written a review article on obesity that has been published in the scientific journal Cell (click here to view).
Recently, Agatha van der Klaauw (Wellcome Trust Clinical Fellow) represented our team at the Academy of Medical Sciences Spring Meeting for Clinician Scientists in Training
Winter Newsletter Out Now
Our Winter 2014/15 newsletter is out now. You can read it online by visiting our Newsletters page, or subscribe by email to have it sent to you.
Your Gene - MC4R
The first of a series of leaflets giving more detailed information about specific genes is now available (click here to read 'Your Gene - MC4R').
Leptin Regulates Blood Pressure
Researchers from the University of Cambridge and Monash University, Australia, have discovered that leptin, a hormone that regulates the amount of fat stored in the body, also affects the increase in blood pressure that comes with weight gain (click here to read).
Summer Newsletter Out Now
Our Summer 2014 newsletter is out now. You can read it online by visiting our Newsletters page, or subscribe by email to have it sent to you.
Patient Information Leaflet
We invite our patients and families to give us your comments on the first version of our new "Patient Information Leaflet" (click here to view).
GOOS Winter Newsletter Out Now!
The latest edition of the GOOS newsletter is now available. You can find it online at our Newsletters page, where you can also subscribe for future editions.
New Genetic Cause of Severe Obesity Discovered
Researchers from the University of Cambridge have discovered a novel genetic cause of severe obesity which, although relatively rare, demonstrates for the first time that genes can reduce basal metabolic rate – how the body burns calories (see video clip here).
New Obesity Gene Discovered
Researchers from the GOOS team and Boston Children’s Hospital have discovered a genetic cause of severe obesity which, although rare, raises new questions about weight gain and energy use.
GOOS on the Today Programme
Researchers in Cambridge have recently received £24 million to work on the causes and health consequences of weight problems and develop new approaches to prevent and treat conditions such as diabetes.
Would You Like To Help Our Research?
We are currently running an ad campaign on Heart FM to recruit new volunteers to our studies. Find out more about all our studies and how you can get involved here.
GOOS Bake Sale Is A Sweet Success!
Back in December the talented bakers of the GOOS team held a bake sale to raise money for future GOOS projects, like our patient support day. We were able to raise over £200!
GOOS Winter Newsletter Now Available
We've just released our second newsletter. Find out what we've acheived in 2012 and what we've got planned for 2013, and how you can help.
New Links Found Between SH2B1 and Obesity
We have recently discovered that defects in the SH2B1 gene can cause weight gain from a young age. SH2B1 is an adaptor molecule through which hormones such as leptin and insulin send signals from the bloodstream into target tissues such as neurons in the brain.