U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Clifton Bogardus III

 Contact Info

Tel: +1 602 200 5200
Email: clifton_bogardus@nih.gov

 Training and Experience

M.D., University of Rochester School of Medicine, 1974

B.S., Lafayette College, 1970

Chief, Phoenix Epidemiology and Clinical Research Branch, NIDDK, NIH, 2000–present

Chief, Clinical Diabetes and Nutrition Section, NIDDK, NIH, 1985–2000

NIH Clinical Research Training Fellowship, University of Vermont, 1979–1982

Internal Medicine Residency, Dartmouth - Hitchcock Medical Center, 1977–1979

Commander, U.S. Army Health Clinic, 1975–1977

Internal Medicine Internship, Dartmouth - Hitchcock Medical Center, 1974–1975

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    Specialties: Clinical Research, Epidemiology/Population Sciences, Genetics/Genomics, Health Disparities, Endocrinology

    Research Summary

    Research Goal

    The goal of our research is to determine the etiology of type 2 diabetes mellitus and obesity and their complications to improve prevention and treatment.​

    Current Research

    Our research goal is to determine the role of genetic and physiologic factors in the etiology of type 2 diabetes mellitus and obesity and their complications.  We use genome-wide association studies to identify variants associated with type 2 diabetes, obesity, and pre-diabetic/pre-obesity traits in specific populations.  We look at expression data from skeletal muscle and adipose biopsies to identify expression profiles and metabolic traits that may predict disease onset.  Identifying, quantifying, and understanding specific genetically determined susceptibility or protective factors could lead to prevention by identifying individuals at risk and to improved treatment.

    Applying our Research

    Identifying the specific etiologies of type 2 diabetes mellitus and obesity will lead to improved prevention and treatments.

    Need for Further Study

    The prevalence of obesity and type 2 diabetes mellitus is increasing throughout the developed and developing world and disproportionally affects minority populations. The causes of these conditions are complex and include genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors that may vary between populations. To improve prevention and treatments, more research is needed to identify the specific factors increasing susceptibility to these conditions in different populations.