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2009 Grant Awardees
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Fall 2009
Fellows Development Research Grant Program in Diabetes, Obesity, and Fat Cell Biology
Anna Milanesi, M.D. – Cedars Sinai Medical Center
Bone Marrow Derived Stem Cell for Type 1 Diabetes
Program Director: Jane Weinreb, M.D.
Jennifer Park, M.D. – University of California, San Francisco
The Role of the Calcium-Sensing Receptor (CaR) in the Hypothalamic Regulation of Appetite and Energy Homeostasis
Program Director: Michael German, M.D.
Paul Piper, M.D. – University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Investigating Ghrelin Secretion in Primary Cell Culture
Program Director: William Kovacs, M.D.
Carolina Solis, M.D. – University of Texas Health Sciences Center San Antonio
Effect of Plasma Glucose Reduction by Selective SGLT2 Inhibition on Mitochondrial Dysfunction and Impaired Insulin Sensitivity and Beta Cell Dysfunction in T2DM
Program Director: Ralph DeFronzo, M.D.
Marilyn Fishman Grant for Diabetes Research
Caroline Messer, M.D. – Mount Sinai Medical Center
Pancreatic Beta-Cell Dysfunction in PCOS Patients: The Role of Metformin
Program Director: Robert Yanagisawa, M.D
Joanna Mitri, M.D. – Tufts Medical Center
The Effects of Vitamin D Supplementation on Systemic Inflammation, Lipid Profile and Endothelial Dysfunction in Pre-Diabetes
Program Director: Ronald Lechan, M.D., Ph.D.
Sadeka Shahani, M.D. – Baylor College of Medicine
Effect of Bariatric Surgery on Vascular Inflammation and Insulin Resistance in Patients with Metabolic Syndrome
Ashok Balasubramanyam, M.D.
Jeanie Tryggestad, M.D. – University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
Vascular Compliance and Endothelial Function in Children with Obesity and Type 2 Diabetes
Program Director: Steven Chernausek, M.D.
The EFF Endocrine Research Grant
David Howard, M.D. – University of Colorado Denver
Circulating Triglyceride Saturation, Not Concentration, Predicts Insulin Resistance and Cardiovascular Disease in Humans
Program Director: Daniel Bessesen, M.D.
Natalie Shaw, M.D. – Massachusetts General Hospital
Effect of Sleep Apnea on Nocturnal GnRH/LH Pulsatile Secretion in Children in Early Puberty
Program Director: Joseph A. Majzoub, M.D.
Spring 2009
Fellows Development Research Grant Program in Diabetes, Obesity, and Fat Cell Biology
Abdul-Razzak Alamir, M.D. – University of Florida College of Medicine, Jacksonville
The Effects of Niacin on apo A-1 Gene Expression and HDLc Synthesis
Program Director, Kent Wehmeier, M.D.
Brian T. Layden, M.D., Ph.D. – Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
The Role of Free Fatty Acid Receptor-2 in Proliferation of Pancreatic Beta Cells
Program Director, Peter Kopp, M.D.
Kerri L. Marquard, M.D. – Washington University School of Medicine
Oocyte/Granulosa Cell Communication in an Insulin Resistant Mouse Model
Program Director, Kelle Moley, M.D.
Dorothee Kim Dang Newbern, M.D – Duke University
BCAA and Pathogenesis on Insulin Resistance
Program Director, Deanna Adkins, M.D.
Anisha D. Patel, D.O – Yale University Medical School
Obesity and Metabolic Changes Associated with Transgenic Marshmallow Mice
Program Director, Thomas Carpenter, M.D.
Danielle E. Weiss, M.D. – Stanford Hospital
Investigation of Potential Hormonal Basis for Sexual Dimorphism in Adipose Cell Size and Abdominal Fat Distribution
Program Director, Laurence Katznelson, M.D.
 Marilyn Fishman Grant for Diabetes Research
Mandeep Brar, M.D. – University of Colorado, Denver
Vascular Injury by Lipoproteins, Oxidants and Diabetes
Program Director, Daniel Bessesen, M.D.
Constantine S. Djedjos, M.D. – Johns Hopkins University
Hormonal Regulation of Hepatic Gluconeogenesis
Program Director, Sally Radovick, M.D.

Clare Flannery, M.D. – Yale University
The Effect of Hyperinsulinemia on Endometrium
Program Director, Silvio Inzucchi, M.D.
Radha Nandagopal, M.D. – NICHD, National Institutes of Health
Partners for Better Health in Adolescent Type 2 Diabetes: The Buddy Study
Program Director, Constantine Stratakis, M.D.

Melinda Penn, M.D. – Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
The MicroRNA Expression of the Human Beta-Cell
Program Director, Andrea Kelly, M.D.
Geoffrey A. Walford, M.D. – Massachusetts General Hospital
Metabolite Signature of Normoglycemic Subjects with High and Low Genetic Risk of Developing Type 2 Diabetes Following Sulfonylurea Challenge
Program Director, Beverly M.K. Biller, M.D.
The EFF Endocrine Research Grant
Ronadip R. Banerjee, M.D., Ph.D. – Stanford University
Investigating the Basis of Increased Diabetes Risk from Postnatal Growth Restriction
Program Director, Laurence Katznelson, M.D.
Deirdre A. Conway, M.D. – University of California, Los Angeles
Evaluating the Quality of Gamete Formation from Pluripotent Cells
Program Director, Gautum Chaudhury, M.D., Ph.D.

Sheng Wu, Ph.D. – Johns Hopkins University
The Roadmap from Obesity to Infertility
Program Director, Sally Radovick, M.D.

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