Obesity Prevention and Treatment Using Both Traditional Chinese and Western Medicines

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Dr. Min Liu

Associate Professor COM Pathology Liu Lab
College of Medicine
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Obesity is a significant health problem leading to increased risk for diabetes and cardiovascular diseases. With the rapidly growing economy and changing life styles in China, the prevalence of overweight and obesity is quickly escalating in adults, and especially in children. The obesity epidemic has prompted major efforts to develop more effective therapies. Traditional Chinese Medicine is a complete medical system that has been used to diagnose, treat, and prevent illnesses, including obesity, for more than 2,000 years. The purpose of the co-operation with my colleagues in China is to identify pharmacological targets from Traditional Chinese Medicine for suppressing appetite as a means of preventing and treating obesity. This research takes advantage of the rich research environment provided by both the University of Cincinnati Obesity Research Center and the prestigious universities in China. The outcomes of the the co-operation will be significant because it is expected that our studies will contribute to broader understanding of the role of Traditional Chinese Medicine in the regulation of energy homeostasis. This new knowledge may lead to novel targets for preventive and therapeutic interventions that will be particularly important to the growing numbers of obese persons in this country.

Project commenced on March 10, 2007

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