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QNRF-funded scientist wins Young Investigator Award

Amrita Cheema

Amrita Cheema

Amrita Cheema, a research assistant professor at Georgetown University was one of six winners of a HUPO Young Investigator Award, which allowed her to present her research on clinical proteomics and metabolomics for diabetes at the 9th International HUPO Conference in Sydney, Australia.

Cheema, who works in the Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center at Georgetown, presented her work which used proteomics and metabolomic profiling to confirm altered pathways in diabetes.

The collaborative project used mass spectrometry-based molecular profiling as a powerful tool for the examination of underlying molecular alterations. These molecular alterations define the etiology and patho-physiology of complex diseases such as diabetes. Therefore, by comparing healthy and diabetic individuals, key metabolic and proteomic differences would be revealed, helping our understanding of the disease progression and mechanisms underlying insulin resistance. This information may also be useful for understanding the peripheral effects of diabetes on the overall health of the individual.

Cheema, with her background in biochemistry and mass spectrometry, and her co-principal investigator on the QNRF award, Dr Rizk of Qatar University, with his extensive experience of diabetes research, were brought together on the QNRF project "Systems approach towards diabetes research using molecular profiling tools" [NPRP 08-740-3-148]

The HUPO conference seeks to facilitate the exchange of scientific ideas, knowledge and information to promote the application of novel proteomic-based prognostic, diagnostic and therapeutic tools. Full proceedings from the 9th HUPO meeting, including the abstract of the above work, are available as a pdf from the conference website.

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