Martin Wabitsch, a paediatrician and hormone researcher from Ulm, has received the Science Award of the city of Ulm. Wabitsch, who is 45 years old and the head of Paediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes at the University Hospital of Ulm, received the award for his research on the consequences of adiposity in young children. The award also comes with funds totalling 5,000 euros.
Scientific findings have completely changed the understanding of adiposity. The body weight seems to not depend so much on a person’s willpower but rather seems primarily regulated biologically, so state the latest findings. That is why the recently published action plan against the ‘problem of adiposity’ in Germany will not be sufficient, fears the researcher from Ulm, assuming that it does not take sufficient account of the biological basics of body weight regulation. Wabitsch’s research group hopes to find out what affects the release of substances from fat cells. Wabitsch found out that several factors regulate this release. “So far, it is only known that the cells alter their secretion when becoming resistant to insulin,” said Wabitsch adding that “type 2 diabetes, which always develops from a person’s resistance to insulin, is associated with altered fat cell properties.”