Gema Fruhbeck

University of Navarra, Spain


Gema Frühbeck attended the Medical Faculty at the University of Navarra (Pamplona, Spain) obtaining the M.D. degree in 1989 and the Ph.D. degree in 1995 with a thesis on protein and lipid metabolism changes following bean intake. With the advent of leptin into the research panorama, her postdoctoral work and interests focused on obesity and, in particular, on the effects of leptin in extraneural tissues. She performed a postdoctoral stay in Professor Andrew Prentice's Energy Group at the MRC Dunn Clinical Nutrition Centre in Cambridge (UK) with a fellowship grant of The Royal Society. She returned to Pamplona to join the Department of Endocrinology and Nutrition of the Clínica Universitaria of Navarra in December 1998. As a Senior Consultant of the mentioned department and the Head of the Metabolic Research Laboratory of the University of Navarra, she is mainly interested in the impact of adiposity on the development of comorbidities, the analysis of the intracellular signaling pathways activated in adipocytes and vascular smooth muscle cells, and the determination of adipose tissue gene expression profiling. In the last years, she has been the recipient of The Nutrition Society's Silver Medal (2000) and the Sir David Cuthbertson Medal (2005). Other honors and distinctions include the Best Paper Award of Obesity Surgery (2004), the A.M.A. Prize (2007), the Pfizer Prize of the Spanish Society of Endocrinology & Nutrition (2009), and President-Elect of the European Association for the Study of Obesity (2009). She is also the Editor of the books entitled Obesity: Science to Practice (Wiley-Blackwell, 2009) and Peptides in Energy Balance & Obesity (CABI Publishing, 2009).

Biography Updated on 11 February 2010

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