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Douglas Coleman Signature Society

'My intention was to stay one or two years, learning some biology and genetics. Instead, I spent my entire career at the [Jackson] Laboratory.' – Douglas Coleman, Ph.D., 2012
Named after Douglas Coleman, who greatly increased our understanding of the genetic and hormonal bases for obesity and type 2 diabetes.
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Events with JAX leaders

  • Invitations to exclusive Forum for Discovery events, where you can hear directly from JAX researchers and leaders how we are shaping the future of precision medicine and accelerating the discovery of new ways to prevent, treat and cure heart disease, immune disorders, cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer's, and many more diseases.

  • Invitation to the private JAXtaposition speaker series, featuring TED-style talks on diseases and research advances from leading JAX scientists.

Exclusive communications

  • Receive the JAX Annual Report.
  • Receive our magazine, Search, three times per year and enjoy articles that showcase the ways in which, together, we are advancing biomedical research to improve human health.
  • Receive Leading the Search e-newsletter. These updates will keep you informed on how JAX is finding more effective, precise and personalized ways to treat, prevent and cure diseases.

Public recognition

Learn more about Douglas Coleman
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  • Mr. and Mrs. Michael H. Adair
  • Paul and Leigh Albert
  • Mr. and Mrs. Curtis G. Anderson
  • Dr. Karen Artzt
  • Patty Bacon
  • Dr. David Baltimore and Alice S. Huang
  • Jacques F. Banchereau, Ph.D.
  • Robert and Betsy Shack Barbanell
  • Bass-Grossman Fund, a Donor Advised Fund of The U.S. Charitable Gift Trust
  • Bruce and Martha Bauer
  • Mrs. William M. Blackwell
  • Susan Boss
  • Pamela Brown '71
  • Stuart Brown '57
  • Mr. Richard H. Bullock and Ms. Carol E. Woolman
  • Dr. Carol Bult
  • Sandra D. Carpenter
  • Richard and Pat Carr
  • Coleman H. and Jo Champlin Casey
  • Mr. and Mrs. Robert A. Chalk
  • Dr. and Mrs. Hsin Cheng Chao
  • Harry Charlston and Mary Ann Charlston
  • Donna and Mark Clare
  • Barbara and Irving Cohen
  • Mr. and Mrs. Tristram C. Colket Jr.
  • Tom Craig
  • Mrs. Edith LaC. Dabney
  • Mrs. Jeanne Cahill Davis
  • Carol Dennis
  • Mr. Michael P. Dilworth
  • Mr. and Mrs. John R. Doss
  • Alexandra and William Dove
  • Mr. and Mrs. Wells B. Dow
  • Mr. and Mrs. Wolcott B. Dunham, Jr.
  • Bill and Helen Elkins
  • Penelope S. Evans
  • Jean and John Eysenbach
  • Gregory and Judith Fergin
  • Heidi and David Fitz
  • John and Jacqueline Fitzpatrick
  • Denis M. Forster
  • Mr. and Mrs. William G. Foulke Jr.
  • Dr. '59 and Mrs. Richard R. Fox
  • Paul and Carol Fremont-Smith
  • Peggie Geiger
  • Peter and Susan Geiger
  • Thomas Gelehrter '54
  • John and Carole German
  • Ms. Pamela Gleichman and Mr. Karl Norberg
  • Paul A. Godley, M.D.
  • Dr. Ralph J. '65 and Mrs. Millicent Graff
  • Denise Hall
  • John Hardiman
  • Aimee Smith and Tracy Harding
  • David J. Harris, M.D. '58,'74
  • Penelope P. Harris
  • Mr. and Mrs. Bartlett Harwood III
  • Ms. Christine G. Hayworth
  • Julia Helms
  • Randy and Janis Henry
  • Andrew Hirschberg
  • Daniel Hodes
  • Marc and Deborra '70 Howard
  • Mrs. Elizabeth M. Hutz
  • Dr. and Mrs. David Ingall
  • William and Jeanne Johnson
  • Thomas P. Jones
  • Rue Judd
  • Herbert Juli
  • Ed and Ann Kania
  • Mrs. Jacquelynn Kaufman
  • Jack and Maggie Kelley
  • The Kerchner Family
  • Chris and Kathleen Koch
  • Larry and Marilyn Kopke
  • Leonard Kreisler
  • Julius and Patricia Krevans
  • Mr. Robert James Kriss
  • Sam and Nancy Ladd
  • Michelle and Steve Lando
  • Charles Lee, Ph.D.
  • Mr. Dwight E. Lee
  • Donna Levy/Richard Leroy Family Fund
  • Thomas and Maureen Litwin
  • Ms. Louise Lopez
  • Florence J. Lotrowski, J.D.
  • Baxter and Barbara Maffett
  • Hector Marmolejo
  • Susan Mathews and Stephen Hoffing
  • Ms. Elizabeth McMullan
  • Richard Metz
  • Auro and Priya Nair
  • Mr. and Mrs. James W. Noyes
  • George O'Neill
  • Stuart and Roslyn Orkin
  • Mr. John B. Overton and Dr. Ruth Overton
  • Virginia E. Papaioannou '67
  • Mr. Michael A. Papale III
  • Mr. and Mrs. Malcolm E. Peabody
  • Joyce and David Peterson
  • R. Anderson Pew
  • Stephen and Susan Pilder
  • Mary and William Purdy
  • Tom Reynolds '76 and Mariluz Villa
  • Priscilla E. Richardson
  • Jeanne Riggs
  • Bill and Sonnie Robb
  • Elizabeth S. Roberts '64
  • David and Susan Rockefeller
  • Yijun Ruan, Ph.D.
  • Edward and Marthann Samek
  • Robert and Anne Sargent
  • Mr. and Mrs. W. Tom Sawyer, Jr.
  • Dr. Rosalind A. Segal '74
  • Dave '91 and Suzanne Serreze
  • Mr. and Mrs. J. Richard Shand
  • Dr. and Mrs. Dennis L. Shubert
  • Swati and Davanum Sinha
  • Paul Slaunwhite and Catherine Shields
  • Hopestill and Paul Spillane
  • Grace K. Stanek
  • Joan A. Steitz, Ph.D.
  • Donald Stern '71
  • Bayne B. Stevenson
  • Kathleen M. Sutton
  • Raymond H. Taylor
  • Patricia Tipton
  • Rocco P. and Anne Marie Triolo Charitable Gift Fund
  • Clare T. Tully, J.D.
  • Bill and Kathy Vandegrift
  • Drs. Thomas Vogt '79 and Gwen Guglielmi
  • Drs. Candace and Edward Walworth
  • Ms. Paula Renee Webster
  • Dr. Nancy Weiland '60
  • Peter and Pam Wellin
  • Mr. and Mrs. Alexander B. Wheeler Jr.
  • Pam and Mark Whittaker
  • Bill and Debbie Wight
  • Jonathan and Sydney Winthrop
  • Mr. and Mrs. Dana R. Younger
  • Karen Zielinski and Constance Crocker

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About Douglas Coleman

Douglas ColemanDouglas Coleman, Ph.D., was a lifelong contributor to The Jackson Laboratory and a trailblazer in the study of obesity and diabetes. The scientist, environmentalist and philanthropist brought an elegantly simple approach to addressing complex biological problems. His work established the first clues to a genetic component in obesity. In the 1970s, he identified a “satiety factor” that appeared to be missing in certain laboratory mice, who never lost their appetite and developed obesity and diabetes.

Building on Coleman’s landmark experiments, Jeffrey Friedman, M.D., Ph.D., of Rockefeller University and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute — and a current member of JAX's Board of Trustees — would later identify that “satiety factor” as leptin, a hormone that regulates food intake and body weight.

Coleman was born on October 6, 1931, in Stratford, ON, Canada. He received his BSc. in chemistry in 1954 from McMaster University. It was there that he met his future wife, Beverly Benallick. He received his M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, in 1956 and 1958, respectively.

He came to the then Roscoe B. Jackson Memorial Laboratory in 1958 as an associate sta scientist, working with George Snell, who would go on to win the 1980 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. He rose through the ranks to sta scientist in 1961, and senior sta scientist in 1968. He served as assistant director of research from 1968–70, and interim director from 1975–76.

In 1977, Coleman received the Claude Bernard Medal by the European Diabetes Federation, the first of many international awards for his seminal studies. Coleman retired from his scientific career in 1991. He was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 1998. His love of the outdoors and concern for the environment led him to become actively interested in forest management, land protection, conservation and other ecological issues.

Coleman established two endowments at The Jackson Laboratory to support research and education. The Douglas Coleman Research Fund supports JAX investigators, with preference given to early-career scientists who are studying obesity and diabetes. The Beverly Coleman Memorial Fund supports young students and educational programs. Coleman passed away at his home in Lamoine, ME, in April, 2014.