An IRHM researcher is collaborating on a significant clinical study on brown fat in humans

January 27, 2012 - The Institut de recherche de l’Hôpital Montfort (IRHM) wishes to acknowledge the contribution of University of Ottawa professor Dr. François Haman, director of the Research Unit on Nutrition and Metabolism, for his important collaboration on a clinical study of brown fat in humans. 

This study reveals that when the body is exposed to cold, brown adipose tissues (brown fat) consume a significant amount of the energy stored in other types of fatty tissue found in the body. This energy is consumed without triggering a shivering response, not unlike what can be observed in hibernating animals. The discovery has been published in the prestigious Journal of Clinical Investigation, which disseminates major advances in biomedical research. 

The results of this study are quite promising. The authors, Dr. André Carpentier of the University of Sherbrooke, and Professor Denis Richard of the University of Laval's Faculty of medicine, believe that it is possible to envisage a treatment for obesity through the metabolic activation of brown fat, in combination with exercise and a proper diet. 

To know more about this study, click here

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