U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Barbara Linder

 Contact Info

Tel: 301-594-0021
Email: linderb@mail.nih.gov

 Select Experience

  • Assistant ProfessorAlbert Einstein College of Medicine1989-1998
  • Pediatric Endocrinology FellowshipNICHD, NIH1986-1989
  • Assistant ProfessorUniversity of Maryland1985-1986
  • Pediatrics ResidencyChildren’s Hospital of Philadelphia1982-1985
  • M.D., Ph.D.Columbia University1975-1982

Barbara Linder, M.D., Ph.D.

Program Director, Division of Diabetes, Endocrinology, and Metabolic Diseases

Current Responsibilities & Activities

I am the senior advisor for the Childhood Diabetes Research program.  I administer a portfolio of research grants related to the care of individuals with type 1 diabetes and youth with type 2 diabetes, as well as a portfolio of clinical research grants related to metabolic imprinting.  I am the project scientist for the TODAY (Treatment Options for Type 2 Diabetes in Adolescents and Youth) follow-up study.  TODAY compared three different treatments for type 2 diabetes in youth, and demonstrated that type 2 diabetes is a particularly aggressive disease when it occurs at a young age.  My responsibilities also include scientific oversight of the SEARCH study, co-led by the NIDDK and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  This multicenter epidemiological study identifies cases of diabetes in people younger than age 20 in five geographically dispersed populations that reflect the ethnic diversity of the United States.  SEARCH reports on incidence, prevalence, and clinical course of diabetes in U.S. youth.  In addition, I help oversee the cooperative agreement grants for the Diabetes Prevention Program Outcomes study, the Glycemic Reduction Approaches in Diabetes Effectiveness study, Restoring Insulin Secretion Consortium, and the Hyperglycemia and Adverse Pregnancy Outcomes study.

In addition to my work at the DEM, I also support the Pediatric Endocrine Clinic at the NIH.

​Research Programs

Clinical Research in Type 1 Diabetes
This program supports clinical research that addresses the determinants, etiology, progression, prevention, and treatment of type 1 diabetes in children and adults

Clinical Research in Type 2 Diabetes
This program supports studies in humans aimed at the prevention, treatment, and diagnosis of type 2 diabetes across the lifespan, as well as further characterizing and understanding the mechanistic aspects of the etiology of type 2 diabetes

Obesity, Pregnancy, and the Intrauterine Environment
This program supports basic and clinical research to understand the effects of over-nutrition, obesity, and diabetes on pregnant women and the metabolic health of their offspring

Pathophysiology of Diabetes and Metabolic Disease
This program supports basic and clinical research that addresses the pathophysiology of metabolic diseases, including the etiology of type 1 diabetes and other autoimmune endocrine diseases