Gareth Lim

Canada Research Chair in Adipocyte Development

Tier 2 - 2018-10-01
Renewed: 2023-10-01
Université de Montréal
Canadian Institutes of Health Research

Research summary

Obesity and diabetes affect millions of Canadians—and rates have risen steadily over the past 25 years. As Canada Research Chair in Adipocyte Development, Dr. Gareth Lim is researching a protein that could play a role in the development of these health issues.

Adipocytes are specialized cells in body fat that help regulate our metabolism. Lim has already discovered that the 14-3-3zeta protein plays a critical role in the development and function of adipocytes, which suggests that the protein could be a potential drug target for obesity and diabetes.

Now, he and his research team are examining how this protein contributes to metabolism and the body’s ability to regulate and maintain a stable blood sugar level. Ultimately, their work may contribute to the development of a drug that could slow or stop the development of obesity and diabetes.