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Diabetes expert named Bloomberg Distinguished Professor

Rexford Ahima will lead Johns Hopkins Medicine's efforts to combat one of the 'most serious health problems facing society today'
Posted March 11, 2016
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Rexford Ahima, a world-renowned scientist whose research helped uncover links between diabetes and obesity, has been named the Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of Diabetes at Johns Hopkins in the schools of Medicine, Public Health, and Nursing. He also will direct the School of Medicine's Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism and lead the Diabetes Initiative.

"Johns Hopkins is a spectacular place for patient care and research," Ahima says. "I am very pleased that my specialty — endocrinology, diabetes, and metabolism — has received some well-deserved recognition in my appointment as a Bloomberg Distinguished Professor in Diabetes."

Ahima is the 19th recipient of the Bloomberg Distinguished Professorship, which is supported by a $350 million gift to the university by alumnus and former New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg. The majority of this gift is dedicated to creating 50 new interdisciplinary professorships, galvanizing people, resources, research, and educational opportunities to address major world problems.

Ahima joins Johns Hopkins from the University of Pennsylvania, where he is currently a professor of medicine, director of the Obesity Unit at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, and director of the Penn Diabetes Research Center's Mouse Phenotyping, Physiology, and Metabolism Core.

"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. "Dr. Ahima will unify our community's efforts to find interdisciplinary solutions for these pervasive ailments."