My research focuses on artificial sweeteners and their effects on our metabolism. To learn more about these food additives is especially important for persons who are overweight/obese and for individuals with type 2 diabetes, a condition that until recently was typical for older adults who are obese. Nowadays it is also seen in children and adolescents. My team is also interested in finding out more about long-term side effects of diabetes drugs, and hormonal abnormalities in children who have diseases in which the body develops immune responses against itself. Two of these conditions are called CANDLE syndrome and dermatomyositis.