The Section of Endocrinology is actively involved in research to further the understanding of endocrine problems in the developing child and to improve the diagnosis and care of these children. The primary areas of interest of faculty in the Section include:
- Pathophysiology and psychosocial aspects of obesity and type 2 diabetes in children and adolescents. The Section of Endocrinology is a recognized leader in this area of interest. We are a national site for the TODAY and RISE studies.
- Insulin resistance and associated morbidity in obese children and adolescents.
- Developmental aspects of insulin resistance during puberty in children with and without diabetes.
- New approaches to screening for comorbidities in obese children and adolescents.
- Development of efficient and cost-effective approaches to endocrine diagnosis to replace older stimulation testing protocols.
- Hormonal abnormalities in children with sex chromosome abnormalities.
- Hormonal abnormalities in survivors of childhood cancer and other chronic illnesses.
- Participation in drug trials to develop and implement new medications for children.