Sunday, December 03, 2006

New Atkins endowed chair at Tufts University School of Medicine

Yes. That Atkins.

From the Tufts press release this Fall:
Dr. Andrew Greenberg, whose research focuses on obesity and its complications, has been named to the newly endowed Dr. Robert C. and Veronica Atkins Professorship in Metabolism and Nutrition at Tufts University School of Medicine.

The chair was established by a $2-million gift from the Dr. Robert C. Atkins Foundation to support research into the role of metabolism and nutrition in managing obesity and Type 2 diabetes....

"I'm deeply appreciative of the Atkins Foundation's generosity," said Greenberg, director of the Obesity and Metabolism Laboratory at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts, whose research into the role of genes in healthy nutrition recently was spotlighted in Time Magazine....

Tufts is among a select group of academic medical centers receiving awards from the Atkins Foundation, which has established similar endowed professorships at Washington University (St. Louis), Columbia, Cornell, Michigan, the University of Southern California, the University of Texas Southwestern and Duke University
medical schools....

The Atkins Foundation, established with a $40-million gift following Dr. Atkins' death in 2003, operates independently as a supporting organization under the stewardship of the National Philanthropic Trust, and is not affiliated with Atkins Nutritionals Inc.
The press release emphasizes that other universities have installed similar Atkins endowed professorships. It points out that the donor, the Atkins Foundation, is not affiliated with Atkins Nutritionals Inc. These distinctions may be important.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Congratulations to Dr. Greenberg--receiving an endowed chair is quite an honor.

I expect big things of you too, Parke. I can see it now: the "Lean Cuisine Professorship in Nutrition Economics."