Studies on the pathways that are involved in intermediary metabolism as they impact endocrine and metabolic diseases.
The Metabolic Pathways program supports research on the pathways that are involved in intermediary metabolism as they impact endocrine and metabolic diseases such as diabetes and obesity. Supported are studies that investigate these pathways from a whole-body perspective as well as within specific tissues (e.g., liver, fat, muscle) and at the cellular and molecular level. Studies address whole-body fluxes in carbohydrate and lipid metabolism as well as the role of single key molecules or set of molecules in the regulation of these metabolic pathways. The program promotes research that addresses the development, physiology, and life cycle of fat cells, called adipocytes, and the metabolic role of specific fat depots (e.g., white, beige, brown) throughout the body. Another area of interest includes the mechanisms involved in protein trafficking, secretion, and processing as they relate to metabolic diseases (e.g., vesicle formation and fusion, unfolded protein response, ER stress). This program also supports metabolic phenotyping studies that aim to identify, characterize, and validate new animal models of endocrine diseases, obesity, and diabetes and its complications.
NIDDK Program Staff
- Kristin M. Abraham, Ph.D. The role of inflammation in the pathophysiology of metabolic disease and the use of mouse models in metabolic phenotyping
- Carol Renfrew Haft, Ph.D. Adipocyte development and biology in various fat depots; protein trafficking, secretion, processing and ER stress in metabolic disease
- Karen L. Teff, Ph.D. Effects of bariatric surgery on diabetes and metabolism, clinical and basic science of hepatic metabolism and hypoglycemia, human sleep and diabetes
- Maren Laughlin, Ph.D. Integrative metabolism and physiology, and in vivo molecular and functional imaging, as relevant to energy balance in metabolic disease
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Diabetes Research Centers (P30 Clinical Trial Optional)
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Pediatric Obesity Discovery Science Research to Improve Understanding of Risk and Causal Mechanisms for Obesity in Early Life (R01 Clinical Trial Optional)
Advancing Gender Inclusive Excellence (AGIE) Coordinating Center (U54 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
HEAL Initiative: Interdisciplinary Teams to Elucidate the Mechanisms of Device-Based Pain Relief (RM1 Clinical Trial Optional)
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