U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Robert Hanson

 Contact Info

Tel: 602-200-5207
Email: rhanson@phx.niddk.nih.gov

 Select Experience

  • FellowPhoenix Epidemiology and Clinical Research Branch, NIDDK1991–1993
  • ResidentPreventive Medicine, State University of New York-Stony Brook1989–1991
  • ResidentState University of New York-Stony Brook1986–1989
  • M.P.H.Columbia University1991
  • M.D.University of Kansas1986

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    • Epidemiology/Population Sciences
    Research Summary/In Plain Language

    Research in Plain Language

    The Phoenix Epidemiology and Clinical Research Branch researches the causes of and connections among type 2 diabetes, obesity, and diabetic complications. My research focuses on the frequency and prevalence of these diseases in American Indians and other populations. I mainly study the genetic and molecular aspects of these diseases.

    The branch studies potential genetic causes, such as possible DNA changes in families and populations. We also study

    • gene transcription, which is the process a cell uses to create a protein;
    • protein expression, which is the effect of a protein;
    • cellular metabolism, which is the sum of chemical reactions in a cell; and
    • how lifestyle changes that lead to weight loss can help prevent diabetes and its complications.