Rolf Luft Award 2011

The 2011 Rolf Luft Award was given to Professor Jeffrey Scott Flier, Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA

Professor Jeffrey Scott

for his seminal contributions to the understanding of the physiology of insulin and leptin and the mechanisms underlying the defective actions of these hormones in metabolic diseases.

Dr Flier's major contributions to our understanding of obesity and insulin resistance represent a highly significant piece of work of major importance to the broad area of lipid research. In this context, his most important contributions have been in the area of leptin action and leptin resistance. A groundbreaking observation was that leptin is likely to be the key signal informing the brain about the transition between the adequately nourished and the starved state. In addition to his work on leptin, Dr Flier has also made substantive contributions in the areas related to metabolic syndrome as well as insulin action and resistance.

Prize Lecture

The Prize Lecture "Hormone resistance in diabetes and obesity: insulin, leptin and FGF21" was held on March 16, 2011 as session 1 of the Symposium "Novel targets in the Treatment of Diabetes Mellitus Type 2".

Session 1

The Rolf Luft Lecture: Hormone resistance in diabetes and obesity: insulin, leptin and FGF21, speaker Jeffrey S. Flier

Session 2

Chair: Professor Claes-Göran Östenson, KI

"The Gut Microbiota in Health and Disease - Can Bacteria Cause Diabetes?", speaker Ass Professor Fredrik Bäckhed, Göteborgs Universitet

"Metabolic Effects of Bariatric Surgery in Obese Patients", speaker Professor Erik Näslund, KI

"Therapy for Diabetes Type 2 - what will the future bring?", speaker Professor Christian Berne, Akademiska Sjukhuset Uppsala

"Challenging the Future of Diabetes", speaker Per Clauson, Novo Nordisk, International Medical Director, Medical & Science