Research

January 14, 2021 at 4:08 pm

Lee Receives $220,000 Grant to Continue Growth Hormone, Fat Cell Research

Dr. Kevin Lee in lab

Dr. Kevin Lee (Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine)

From Ohio University News

Kevin Lee, Ph.D., associate professor in the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, recently received a $220,000 boost for his research looking at how adipose, or fat, tissue reacts to growth hormone.

The funding award comes from Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany(opens in a new window), a leading science and technology company. The funds will be paid out over three years as different conditions are met.

“Growth hormone does a lot in the body, such as causing linear growth so that people get taller. However, it also causes people to lose fat mass,” Lee said, noting this is why athletes may use growth hormone to increase lean muscle mass while reducing their amount of adipose tissue.

The Lee lab(opens in a new window), with collaborators Vishwajeet Puri, Ph.D., and John Kopchick, Ph.D., of the Heritage College, and Jens Otto Jørgensen, M.D., D.M.Sc., and Niels Jensen, M.D., Ph.D., from Aarhus University in Denmark, has discovered a molecular mechanism of how growth hormone causes lipolysis, which leads to a burning of the triglycerides in adipose tissue….

Read the full story at OHIO News.

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