Thomas Burris, Ph.D., Professor and Chair of Pharmacology and Physiology, and John Walker, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Pharmacology and Physiology, received two grants, one from the Department of Defense and one from the NIH, to study how two nuclear signaling receptors, REV-ERB and ERR, are involved in muscle metabolism.

The researchers have found that both receptors cause changes in muscles that mimic the effects of exercise. They are now working to develop drugs to optimize muscle metabolism, in order to provide alternative treatment to obesity and diabetes.

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