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Ahima Appointed as Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of Diabetes

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Renowned Researcher Ready to Take on Diabetes, Obesity and Related Diseases

On June 1, 2016, Rexford Ahima joined the Johns Hopkins faculty as the Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of Diabetes, bringing his interdisciplinary expertise in obesity and diabetes to the schools of Public Health, Medicine and Nursing. 

Ahima, who joined the Bloomberg School's Department of Epidemiology, came to Johns Hopkins after serving as professor of Medicine and director of the Obesity Unit at the University of Pennsylvania and as director of the Penn Diabetes Research Center’s Mouse Phenotyping, Physiology and Metabolism Core.

"Johns Hopkins is a spectacular place for patient care and research,"

"Johns Hopkins is a spectacular place for patient care and research. I am very excited for the opportunity to collaborate with faculty, staff and students … to develop innovative basic and clinical research programs that will improve the lives of people with diabetes, obesity and related diseases," says Ahima.

At Johns Hopkins, he will continue his research on the interrelationship between energy stores and regulation of energy balance by the brain, while also contributing to evolving policies and practices for clinical care, education and research in diabetes and weight management. As leader of the Diabetes Initiative, he will advance the care and treatment of diabetes patients by increasing interdisciplinary partnerships between research scientists and clinicians throughout the University and abroad. Specifically, Ahima says he will seek "more collaboration with investigators in Europe, Africa, Asia and Latin America to promote our understanding of diabetes and metabolism among diverse populations."

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"Diabetes and obesity are among the most serious health problems facing society today," says Robert Lieberman, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at Johns Hopkins."

"Diabetes and obesity are among the most serious health problems facing society today."

As a leader and educator … Dr. Ahima will unify our community's efforts to find interdisciplinary solutions for these pervasive ailments."