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Richard Bergman, PhD

Alfred Jay Firestein Chair in Diabetes Research

Director, Diabetes and Obesity Research Institute

Professor, Biomedical Sciences

Professor, Medicine

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Richard Bergman, PhD

Alfred Jay Firestein Chair in Diabetes Research

Director, Diabetes and Obesity Research Institute

Professor, Biomedical Sciences

Professor, Medicine

Researchers in the Cedars Diabetes and Obesity Research Institute — led by its director, Richard Bergman, PhD — are examining the relationships between obesity, insulin resistance and diabetes. They are examining the mechanisms by which increased stored fat reduces the sensitivity of tissues, especially skeletal muscle and fat, to the hormone insulin. The researchers are studying why resistance to the hormone insulin predisposes individuals to diabetes mellitus, defined as increased blood glucose. Their goal is to identify compounds or procedures that can reduce obesity or that can suppress the linkage between obesity and insulin resistance, and between insulin resistance and Type 2 diabetes. The researchers are examining the mechanisms underlying beta cell failure and how failure of the pancreatic beta cells interacts with insulin resistance to cause diabetes. They are examining therapies for diabetes, including implanted devices to treat the disease, and including stem cell (regenerative medicine) approaches to compensate for reduced beta cell function. They are studying the importance of the gut-brain axis in glucose regulation, particularly with regard to the gut hormone GLP-1 and how signals in the abdominal portal vein are detected by specific sensors, and the role of these sensors in carbohydrate metabolism.

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  • Undergraduate: Case Western Reserve University, 1965
  • Doctorate: University of Pittsburgh, 1971
  • Albert Renold Award for Diabetes Leadership and Mentoring, American Diabetes Association (ADA), June 2015
  • Editor-in-Chief: Obesity, 2007 - 2012
  • Alfred Jay Firestein Chair in Diabetes Research, Cedars-Sinai, 2011
  • Naomi Berrie Award, Columbia University Medical Center, 2009
  • NIH Merit Award, National Institutes of Health, 2007
  • Banting Medal for Scientific Achievement, ADA, 2006
  • TOPS Research Award, North American Association for Study of Obesity, 2004
  • Lilly Award for Outstanding Scientific Achievement, ADA, 1989

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  • Kolka CM, Bergman RN. The barrier within: endothelial transport of hormones. Physiology (Bethesda). 2012;27(4):237-247.
  • Bergman RN, Stefanovski D, Buchanan TA, Sumner AE, Reynolds JC, Sebring NG, Xiang AH, Watanabe RM. A better index of body adiposity. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2011;19(5):1083-1089.
  • Kolka CM, Harrison LN, Lottati M, Chiu JD, Kirkman EL, Bergman RN. Diet-induced obesity prevents interstitial dispersion of insulin in skeletal muscle. Diabetes. 2009;59(3):619-626.
  • Chiu JD, Richey JM, Harrison LN, Zuniga E, Kolka CM, Kirkman E, Ellmerer M, Bergman RN. Direct administration of insulin into skeletal muscle reveals that the transport of insulin across the capillary endothelium limits the time course of insulin to activate glucose disposal. Diabetes. 2008;57(4):828-835.
  • Bergman RN. Orchestration of glucose homeostasis: from a small acorn to the California oak. Diabetes. 2007;56(6):1489-1501.
  • Kim SP, Ellmerer M, Kirkman EL, Bergman RN. Beta-cell "rest" accompanies reduced first-pass hepatic insulin extraction in the insulin-resistant, fat-fed canine model. Am J Physiol Endocrinol Metab. 2007;292(6):E1581-1589.

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