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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.
Your privileges include: View privileges…
  • A distinctive Society commemorative keepsake upon joining.
  • Special invitation to Forum for Discovery events to hear directly from JAX researchers and leaders how we are shaping the future of precision medicine.
  • Invitation to JAXtaposition speaker series, featuring talks with leading JAX scientists on diseases and their impact on our lives.
  • Printed copy of the JAX Annual Report which includes research highlights, philanthropic milestones and financials.
  • Printed version of Search magazine three times per year with in-depth articles that showcase how JAX research is advancing the biomedical field.
  • Monthly Leading the Search e-newsletter with information about how the Laboratory is finding more effective ways to treat, prevent and cure diseases.
  • Your name featured alongside other donors on JAX’s online donor honor roll and interactive donor walls in Bar Harbor, Maine and Farmington, Connecticut.
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Douglas Coleman Donor Honor Roll View Douglas Coleman Donor Honor Roll…
  • Anonymous (4)
  • Mr. and Mrs. Michael H. Adair
  • Mr. and Mrs. Robert Adelman
  • Adaora A. Adimora
  • Mr. and Mrs. Curtis G. Anderson
  • Mr. Matthew R. Andruchow
  • Dr. Karen Artzt
  • Patty Bacon
  • Dr. David Baltimore and Alice S. Huang
  • Jean Marc and Marian Bara
  • Robert and Betsy Shack Barbanell
  • Mrs. Lydia Barnes
  • Bass-Grossman Fund, a Donor Advised Fund of The U.S. Charitable Gift Trust
  • Bruce and Martha Bauer
  • Gail W. Berry, M.D.
  • Robert and Genie Birch
  • Otis W. Brawley, M.D.
  • James and Lee Broder
  • Pamela Brown '71
  • Stuart '57 and Jean Brown
  • Mr. Richard H. Bullock and Ms. Carol E. Woolman
  • Dr. Carol Bult
  • Charles B. Cairns, M.D.
  • 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
  • Barbara and Irving Cohen
  • Tom Craig
  • Mrs. Edith LaC. Dabney
  • Ms. Jeanne Cahill Davis
  • Mr. Michael P. Dilworth
  • Mr. and Mrs. John R. Doss
  • Alexandra and William Dove
  • Mr. and Mrs. Wells B. Dow
  • John M. and Carolyn B. Eckert
  • Bill and Helen Elkins
  • Gregory and Judith Fergin
  • Heidi and David Fitz
  • John and Jacqueline Fitzpatrick
  • Denis M. Forster
  • Mr. and Mrs. William G. Foulke Jr.
  • Paul and Carol Fremont-Smith
  • Dr. Jeffrey Friedman
  • Thomas Gelehrter '54
  • Ms. Pamela Gleichman and Mr. Karl Norberg
  • Paul A. Godley, M.D.
  • Dr. Ralph J. '65 and Mrs. Millicent Graff
  • Kevin and Karen Greene
  • Aimee Smith and Tracy Harding
  • Penelope P. Harris
  • Mr. and Mrs. Bartlett Harwood III
  • Julia Helms
  • Randy and Janis Henry
  • Andrew Hirschberg
  • Mr. Leo A. Holt
  • Dr. and Mrs. David Ingall
  • William and Jeanne Johnson
  • Anthony Johnson
  • Thomas P. Jones
  • Ms. Cathy Kalahar
  • Ed and Ann Kania
  • Mrs. Jacquelynn Kaufman
  • Jack and Maggie Kelley
  • Chris and Kathleen Koch
  • Larry and Marilyn Kopke
  • Julius and Patricia Krevans
  • Mr. Robert James Kriss
  • Carol and David '66 Kyner
  • Sam and Nancy Ladd
  • Michelle and Steve Lando
  • Kate and Rick Lannamann
  • Mr. Dwight E. Lee
  • Charles Lee, Ph.D.
  • Edward Leiter
  • Leo X. Liu, M.D.
  • Ms. Louise Lopez
  • John and Tamara Lundgren
  • Dr. Brobson Lutz '64
  • Kathryn MacLeod
  • Baxter and Barbara Maffett
  • Mr. and Mrs. David McClellan
  • Richard Metz
  • Thea Michailides
  • Charles and Judith Micoleau
  • George J. and Heather M. Mitchell
  • Michael '80 and Katharine '80 Morley
  • Stephanie B. Rubin Morris '83
  • Mr. and Mrs. Joel W. Motley
  • David D. Myers, D.V.M., Ph.D.
  • Auro and Priya Nair
  • Mr. and Mrs. James W. Noyes
  • 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 Pilder and Susan Waddington-Pilder
  • Mary and William Purdy
  • Tom Reynolds '76 and Mariluz Villa
  • Lloyd and Lee Reynolds
  • Priscilla E. Richardson
  • Jeanne Riggs
  • Sarah Ritter
  • Bill and Sonnie Robb
  • Elizabeth S. Roberts '64
  • C. Ruth Roberts
  • Mr. and Mrs. David Rockefeller
  • Richard W. and Linda Jackson Roeckelein
  • Yijun Ruan, Ph.D.
  • Anne Russell
  • Robert and Anne Sargent
  • Mr. and Mrs. W. Tom Sawyer, Jr.
  • Jeffrey and Amie Schantz
  • Elizabeth C. Schermerhorn-Apgar, Ph.D.
  • Dr. Rosalind A. Segal '74
  • Dave '91 and Suzanne Serreze
  • David Sewall
  • Mr. and Mrs. J. Richard Shand
  • Warren L. Simpson Jr.
  • Ms. Swati Sinha and Mr. Davanum Srinivas
  • Grace K. Stanek
  • Irwin and Arlyn Stein
  • Joan A. Steitz, Ph.D.
  • Donald Stern '71
  • George Strawbridge, Jr.
  • Raymond H. Taylor
  • Patricia Tipton
  • Mr. James Tost
  • Ms. Jennifer Tost
  • Rocco P. and Anne Marie Triolo Charitable Gift Fund
  • Linda and Hubert Van Peenen
  • Bill and Kathy Vandegrift
  • Drs. Candace and Edward Walworth
  • Ms. Paula Renee Webster
  • Dr. Nancy Weiland '60
  • Erica and George Weinstock
  • Peter and Pam Wellin, Marjorie King and Cynthia Plum
  • Mr. and Mrs. Alexander B. Wheeler Jr.
  • Bill and Debbie Wight
  • Jonathan and Sydney Winthrop
  • Yuan-Lin Yang
  • Karl and Dian Zeile
  • Mr. and Mrs. Allen W. Zern
  • 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.