Christopher Adams, MD, PhD, was selected by leaders of The Fraternal Order of Eagles Diabetes Research Center at the University of Iowa as the center's first Faculty Scholar, a position that provides up to $250,000 to help fund his research.
"Dr. Adams will have the discretion to decide how to use this funding to support his research," said Daryl Granner, MD, director of the Diabetes Research Center. "We consider this an important first step to helping the center fulfill its promise of helping people affected by this very serious disease."
The funding began on July 1 and will provide $50,000 annually for the next five years.
"I am deeply honored to be named as the first Faculty Scholar of the Fraternal Order of Eagles Diabetes Research Center," Adams said. "This support will be vital to moving our research forward and developing new treatments that will benefit patients."
Adams and his research team recently reported that a chemical called ursolic acid, which is found in high concentrations in apple peels, helps increase the size and strength of muscles in mice. The atrophy, or weakening of muscles, is common among people affected by disorders such as diabetes and cancer.
Adams' research focuses on studying the genetic factors that control metabolism among mammals.
Adams, an endocrinologist and associate professor of internal medicine, graduated from the UI Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine. He completed his residency and fellowship at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas.
Diabetes is a public health crisis, according to the World Health Organization. An estimated 26 million Americans have the disorder, which means the disease has reached epidemic levels.