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Endocrinology Research

Research Interests in the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism are focused in two main areas.

​​Endocrine Function and Related Neoplasms​​

Endocrine Function and Related Neoplasms

The endocrine system is a complex mode of communication between the body’s tissues, involving complex feedback loops, mediated by secreted hormones, between glands and organs around the body. The information conveyed by these secreted hormones is critical for good health and well-being, as these feedback systems control normal development, growth, reproduction, metabolism, and fluid balance. When one or more aspects of the endocrine system are dysfunctional, the physiological impact can be profound. Seve​​ral researchers within the Endocrine Division have focused their efforts on understand the normal function of key tissues within the endocrine system and the problems that are associated when associated neoplasms develop.

Metabolic Disease

Metabolic Disease

Appropriate metabolic regulation is essential for good health and well-being. The body is challenged on a daily basis with environmental and behavioral stresses that require adjustments in the type and quantity of fuels that oxidized for energy. When this ability to respond to metabolic stress becomes impaired, it can lead to a number of diseases and disorders that are generally referred to as metabolic disease. Metabolic diseases affect a large proportion of the US population and have a substantial impact on the mortality rate and quality of life for afflicted individuals. For this reason, many researchers are pursuing a better understanding of the underlying factors that lead to the development of metabolic diseases, the consequences of metabolic dysregulation, and the therapeutic strategies that can effectively counter the causes and consequences of this dysregulation. ​