4 August DRC Announces New Faculty Members August 4, 2016 By The Fraternal Order of Eagles Diabetes Research Center 0 We are delighted to announce that three new faculty will be joining the FOE Diabetes Research Center this Summer: Yumi Imai, M.D., will join the FOEDRC as an Associate Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism. Dr. Imai is an Associate Professor of Medicine and Division Chief at East Virginia Medical School. She brings a wealth of knowledge and more than 20 years of experience in endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism. Dr. Imai is a talented mid-career investigator who is RO1 funded. Her research focus is on the way in which obesity and fat accumulation in the pancreas reduces the function of beta cells leading to reduced insulin secretion. Dr. Imai’s recruitment will strategically establish a beta cell biology program within the FOEDRC. Her clinical expertise will complement existing programs and will address the increasing demands for clinical endocrine services at UIHC and the FOEDRC. Dr. Imai will join our faculty on August 31. Brian T. O’Neill, M.D., Ph.D., comes the Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism as an Assistant Professor, from his positions as an Instructor of Medicine and Clinical Endocrinologist at the Joslin Diabetes Center/Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) at Harvard Medical School. There, he investigated mechanisms by which insulin signaling regulates the function and mass of skeletal muscle. He received his MD and PhD degree from the University of Utah School of Medicine, and completed his residency and an Endocrine Fellowship at BIDMC. Dr. O’Neill is currently interested in the metabolic complications and dysregulation of muscle physiology that occur in obesity and diabetes, and the impact of diabetes and insulin resistance on protein turnover and mitochondrial metabolism. Dr. O’Neill joined our faculty on June 30. Sam Stephens, Ph.D., has been appointed as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism beginning August 31. Dr. Stephens is a Senior Research Associate at Duke University Medical Center where he investigated factors that regulate pancreatic islet beta-cell function and survival. His recent studies have provided novel insight into the biological significance of VGF a novel hormone derived peptide that is produced within islet β-cells. As a postdoctoral fellow with Dr. Chris Newgard he identified the VGF derived peptide TLQP-21 as a physiological mediator of insulin secretion and demonstrated its direct therapeutic applicability in the treatment of Type 2 diabetes in a rodent model. His work has provided strong evidence that additional VGF peptides play vital roles in regulating beta-cell identity and function. Dr. Stephen’s recruitment will also bring pancreatic beta cell expertise to the FOEDRC. Join me in welcoming these outstanding new colleagues. Related Articles Membership Department Announces Re-Enrollment, Early Bird Contest Winners Earlier this year, the Grand Aerie Membership Department held a pair of contests geared toward growing our Membership. The Re-enrollment contest was held from March 1-May 31 with members receiving one entry for each re-enrollee they sign during the period. Winners will receive $250. The Early Bird contest was held from April 15-May 31 with the Aeries and Auxiliaries achieving the highest percentage of renewals and the highest number of renewals receiving a $1,000 credit on their next Per-Capita Tax payment. The Membership Department is proud to announce our contest winners! Experience NASCAR From The Pits! Sign new members for the Fraternal Order of Eagles and you could earn a chance to earn pit passes to an upcoming NASCAR Sprint Cup race! The F.O.E. will be holding a series of membership contents in correlation with the remaining races in which the Eagles will be featured as a major associate sponsor. The Aerie and Auxiliary member with the most proposed members during the designated period in an eligible state will each receive two pit passes to the race. Dr. Abel Named President-Elect Of The Endocrine Society DRC Director's Report - December 2017 It is with great pleasure that we share with you that E. Dale Abel, MD, PhD, was recently elected as the president-elect of the Endocrine Society. His term as president-elect will commence March 20, 2018, and his presidential term will begin on March 20, 2019, for one year. Dr. Abel credits this high accomplishment in part to the contributions of the FOE whose extraordinary commitment to diabetes research has strengthened his work. Abel Elected To National Academy Of Medicine IOWA CITY, IOWA - As many of you have probably heard, the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) is getting a new member from Iowa. E. Dale Abel, MD, PhD, has been elected to membership in the NAM effective October 19, 2015. He is the Chair and Departmental Executive Officer of the Department of Internal Medicine, John B. Stokes III Professor in Diabetes Research, professor of internal medicine and biochemistry, director of the Division of Endocrinology & Metabolism, and director of the Fraternal Order of Eagles Diabetes Research Center. Fraternal Order of Eagles & Soldier Strong Partner to Donate Ekso Bionics Suit to Minneapolis Veterans Affairs Hospital The Fraternal Order of Eagles, an international nonprofit community organization, and Soldier Strong, a nonprofit dedicated to assisting veterans, partnered to donate an Ekso Bionics Ekso GT suit to the Minneapolis Veterans Affairs Hospital. 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