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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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  • 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
  • Mr. and Mrs. Robert Adelman
  • 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
  • Carolyn Bennett
  • 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
  • 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
  • Mrs. 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.
  • 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
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  • Jack and Maggie Kelley
  • Chris and Kathleen Koch
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  • Carol and David '66 Kyner
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  • Michelle and Steve Lando
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  • Charles Lee, Ph.D.
  • Mr. Dwight E. Lee
  • Edward Leiter
  • Leo X. Liu, M.D.
  • Ms. Louise Lopez
  • John and Tamara Lundgren
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  • Susan Mathews and Stephen Hoffing
  • Mr. and Mrs. David McClellan
  • Richard Metz
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  • Charles and Judith Micoleau
  • George J. and Heather M. Mitchell
  • Michael '80 and Katharine '80 Morley
  • Stephanie B. Rubin Morris '83
  • David D. Myers, D.V.M., Ph.D.
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  • 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
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  • Bill and Sonnie Robb
  • C. Ruth Roberts
  • Elizabeth S. Roberts '64
  • David and Susan 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
  • 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
  • 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
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  • Jonathan and Sydney Winthrop
  • Yuan-Lin Yang
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  • 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.