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Congressman Tim Ryan

Representing the 13th District of Ohio

Congressman Tim Ryan Announces $447,000 to Kent State University

February 11, 2020
Press Release

Kent, OH — Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) today announces $447,126 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to be awarded to Kent State University under the Academic Research Enhancement Awards (AREA) grant for Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolic research.

"I'm very pleased to see the federal government continues to recognize Kent State’s outstanding academic record as they lead in research and education," said Congressman Ryan. "Being at the forefront of scientific research is crucial for our nation to stay competitive and remain a world leader. I’m proud Kent State is a main player in American innovation, and will continue to support the types of federal grants that help make that possible.”

“Part of the AREA grant is to engage undergraduate students in research. Luckily, we have a large number of highly engaged and talented students at Kent. We have been lucky to have excellent students in the laboratory now and in the past,” said Dr. Colleen Novak, Associate Professor at Kent State University.

Find a full explanation of the research below:

Professor Colleen Novak of the department of biological sciences at Kent State University will be pursuing another way for people to control their weight and therefore reduce the incidence of obesity and diabetes. She has been studying how the brain can send signals to muscles in the body which lead to increased energy expenditure and the burning of calories, even in the absence of exercise. By fully understanding how this process works, drugs may be developed that induce this natural response and lead to weight loss due to an increased resting metabolism. This would help those people that have failed at reducing weight through calorie-restricted diet or exercise.

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