Senior Investigator Profile

First NameIsmaa Sadaf
Award StatusTerm 1
Current PostWellcome Trust Senior Clinical Fellow and Professor of Metabolism and Medicine
DepartmentInstitute of Metabolic Science
Telephone44 01223 762634
InstitutionCambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
NHS TrustCambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Region NameEast of England
Primary Research FieldEndocrinology
Secondary Research FieldGenetics & Heredity
BiographySadaf 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.

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