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Brock A. Beamer, MD

Dr. Beamer

Dr. Beamer graduated from Arcadia Local School in Ohio and received his BA in Chemistry from Kent State University. After medical school at Johns Hopkins University, he trained in Internal Medicine at the UCLA-San Fernando Valley Program. Dr. Beamer has been doing molecular biology research, first as a fellow and now as an Assistant Professor, in the Division of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

As a Brookdale Fellow, Dr. Beamer continued his work on the genetics of diabetes and obesity, two complex disorders that lead to great morbidity and mortality among the elderly. He and his colleagues have found a variation in the gene PPAR γ (Peroxisome Proliferator Activated Receptor γ ), a gene important for adipocyte differentiation and insulin signaling. In population studies, he has found this gene variant to be associated strongly with increased obesity. Though less strongly, it also associates with decreased insulin resistance, the major cause of diabetes in older adults. The goal of the current project is to further define the effects of this PPAR γ variant on obesity and specifically to address its effects on insulin resistance. Dr. Beamer hopes that his research on diabetes and obesity will contribute to improved preventative and treatment strategies for these diseases.

Brookdale Fellow Class of 1998