School of Medicine launches Duke Molecular Physiology Institute

By Jill Boy

In July, the Duke University School of Medicine launched the Duke Molecular Physiology Institute, led by Christopher Newgard, Ph.D., the W. David and Sarah W. Stedman Distinguished Professor. Dr. Newgard is a professor in the Department of Medicine and Pharmacology and Cancer Biology and has served as director of the Sarah W. Stedman Nutrition and Metabolism Center since March 2002. The Duke Molecular Physiology Institute is an exciting new partnership between the Sarah W. Stedman Nutrition and Metabolism Center, the Duke Center for Human Genomics, and the laboratories of Duke researchers Bill Kraus, M.D., and Virginia Kraus, M.D., Ph.D. The integration of these founding units will increase synergies among the groups. This unique new institute will offer multi-omics tools to understand metabolic and physiologic aspects of major chronic diseases and sophisticated capabilities in human and animal model physiologic investigation.