Dr. Christopher B. Newgard, PhD is the recipient of the 2016 Duke Medical Alumni Association’s Distinguished Faculty Award. Dr. Newgard, a graduate of Duke University, is the founding director of the DMPI, as well as the W. David and Sarah W. Stedman Distinguished Professor; Professor of Medicine and of Pharmacology and Cancer Biology; and Director of the Sarah W. Stedman Nutrition and Metabolism Center. Medical Alumni Association Distinguished Awards recognize those who make important contributions to the establishment and growth of the medical school and to the world of medicine.
Dr. Newgard's research focuses on the application of an interdisciplinary approach to gain mechanistic understanding of complex cardiometabolic diseases. This interdisciplinary approach includes gene discovery, metabolic engineering, and comprehensive tools of metabolic analysis ("metabolomics") such as mass spectrometry-based metabolic profiling. His work has fueled deeper understanding of human diseases and conditions such as diabetes, obesity, and cardiovascular diseases.
He is also widely recognized as a teacher, leader, and mentor who tirelessly promotes the work and careers of others. He has mentored dozens of predoctoral and postdoctoral trainees and was named the recipient of the 2006 Golden Apple Award for Medical Student Teaching at Duke. In addition, his service at Duke includes the Medical Center Executive Council, numerous search committees and Dean's committees, and the Senior Advisory Committee in the Department of Pharmacology and Cancer Biology.
Congratulations Chris on this well-deserved honor!