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Ejima awarded Research Fellowship for Young Scientists from JSPS

February 26, 2015

Keisuke Ejima, PhD, post-doctoral fellow in the Office of Energetics, has been accepted for a Research Fellowship for Young Scientists from the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS). This fellowship—which will support research in the United States from April 2015 to March 2018—is awarded to “excellent young researchers … to focus on a freely chosen research topic based on their own innovative ideas.”  Dr. Ejima’s research will be conducted at UAB under the mentorship of David B. Allison, PhD, distinguished professor and director of the Nutrition Obesity Research Center (NORC) and Office of Energetics.

Obesity is considered to be a transmissible disease nowadays. For example, it is transmissible across generations by genetic and phenotypic (non-genetic) factors. In the study funded by this fellowship, Dr. Ejima will construct a mathematical model to explain the obesity epidemic, incorporating those transmissible factors. From this, he can obtain the predicted value of future obesity prevalence in the United States by estimating the parameters and computing the model.

Dr. Ejima received his doctorate in Information Science and Technology from the University of Tokyo in March 2014. He joined UAB’s NORC and Office of Energetics in September 2014.