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Pilot & Feasibility: Application Cycle Now Open for Letters of Intent

The application cycle for Pilot & Feasibility funding is now open. The first step in the application process is the submission of a letter of intent, one-page proposal summary, NIH biosketch and letter from mentor (required for MD and PhD fellows and senior postdoctoral fellows only).  These materials must be... More

How lipid droplets stay in shape

Source: ASBMB Today Lipid droplets, or LDs, are key lipid storage structures in cells. One might think that they simply result from lipid molecules separating out within the aqueous intracellular environment. However, LDs are well-organized organelles surrounded by proteins that act as gatekeepers that tightly control lipid entry and exit. One LD-associated... More

BNORC Annual Program – Judged Poster Session

The Center’s annual meeting on December 13 included a poster session with twenty-five posters plus five core posters. Twenty-two posters were eligible (early career investigators) to be judged in the poster session. Please join us in congratulating the presenters listed below. 1st Prize Nabil Rabhi, PhD, Postdoctoral Associate, Boston University Adipocyte/progenitor communication axis... More

Pilot & Feasibility 2019-2020

Three new pilot projects have been selected for funding in the Center’s most recent competitive cycle. Melanie Schorr Haines, MD Assistant in Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital Instructor in Medicine, Harvard Medical School “Effects of exercise on circulating myokine levels in insulin-resistant vs insulin-sensitive adults with overweight/obesity” In response to exercise, muscle synthesizes and secretes myokines, More

Current pharmacotherapy for obesity

Current pharmacotherapy for obesity Gitanjali Srivastava & Caroline M. Apovian Nature Reviews Endocrinology volume 14, pages 12–24 (2018) This Review on ‘Current pharmacotherapy for obesity’ has been designated a ‘Highly Cited Paper’ by Web of Science. According to the article metrics page (, the article has been accessed online 1,395 times since publication, More

BNORC Travel Award Program Fall 2019

Please see below for funded early career investigators: Recipient Name Mentor Conference Thiago Batista, Ph.D. Postdoctoral Fellow Joslin Diabetes Center C. Ronald Kahn Keystone Symposia, Diabetes:Glucose Control and Beyond Julie Gervis, M.S. Graduate Student Tufts-Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging Alice Lichtenstein Epi|Lifestyle 2020, American Heart Association Eliza Greinier, B.S. Graduate Student Boston College Gorica D. Petrovich Society for Neuroscience John Griffin, Ph.D. Postdoctoral Associate Tufts-Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging Andrew... More

Nabil Rabhi, Ph.D., selected to present at TOS & NORC Joint Symposium

Dr. Nabil Rabhi, Postdoctoral Associate in the Department of Biochemistry at Boston University School of Medicine has been selected to present at The Obesity Society and Nutrition Obesity Research Center's Joint Symposium entitled “Metabolic Heterogeneity of Obesity”.  Dr. Rabhi was chosen as one of two early career investigators to receive travel... More