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2010 Grant Awardees
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Fall 2010

Fellows Development Research Grant Program in Diabetes, Obesity, and Fat Cell Biology
Brian Layden, M.D., Ph.D. – Northwestern University
Short Chain Fatty Acids and Their Receptors, FFAR2 and FFAR3: Novel Signaling Pathways in Pancreatic Beta Cells
Program Director:  Peter Kopp, M.D.

Ashley Shoemaker, M.D. – Vanderbilt University
Cross Sectional Observational Study to Determine the Thermogenic Effect of Food in Children with Melanocortin Obesity Syndrome
Program Director:  William Russell, M.D.

Stephanie Sisley, M.D. – Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
CNS NFkappaB Regulation of Peripheral Glucose Homeostasis
Program Director:  Philippe Backeljauw, M.D.

Marilyn Fishman Grant for Diabetes Research
Katherine Frachetti, M.D. – State University of New York at Buffalo
Effect of Sitaglipton on Glycemic Control, Post Prandial Glucagon and Inflammation in Type 1 Diabetics
Program Director:  Ajay Chaudhuri, M.D.
Belinda Lennerz, M.D., Ph.D. – Children’s Hospital Boston
Effects of Dietary Glycemic Index on Brain Function
Program Director:  Joseph Majzoub, M.D.

Tiffany Musick, D.O. – Children’s Mercy Hospital
Influence of Fetal Steroids on Epigenetics and Obesity
Program Director:  Joseph Cernich, M.D.

Darshana Purohit, MBBS – University of Texas, Southwestern
The Effect of Anti-Androgen Therapy on Weight Loss and Adipose Cellularity in Obese Women with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome Undergoing Gastric Band Surgery
Program Director:  Ildiko Lingvay, M.D., MSCS

Emily Schroeder, M.D., Ph.D. – University of Colorado, Denver
Predictors of Simultaneous Control Among Patients with Diabetes, Hypertension and Hyperlipidemia
Program Director:  Daniel Bessesen, M.D.

Carol Touma, M.D. – University of Chicago
Modulation of Sympathovagal Balance by GLP-1 Agonists
Program Director:  Tamara Vokes, M.D.

The EFF Endocrine Research Grant
Valeria Benavides, M.D., MPH – Yale University
Teratogenic Potential of Antithyroid Drugs
Program Director:  Stuart Weinzimer, M.D.

Seenia Peechakara, M.D. – Cleveland Clinic Foundation
ACTH Stimulation Test with 25 ug Cosyntropin for Evaluation of Adult Hypothalamic-Pituitary-Adrenal Axis
Program Director:  Robert Zimmerman, M.D.

Spring 2010

Fellows Development Research Grant Program in Diabetes, Obesity, and Fat Cell Biology
Emily Jane Gallagher, M.D. - Mount Sinai Medical Center
The Effects of Beta Cell Specific Growth Hormone Receptor Disruption on Beta Cell Mass and Function
Program Director: Robert Yanagisawa, M.D.

Hidekazu Hosono, M.D. - University of California, Los Angeles
A Family of Novel Mitochondrial-Derived Peptides and Their Role in Diabetes
Program Director: Kuk-Wha Lee, M.D., Ph.D

Vasiliki Moragianni, M.D. - Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Leptin Treatment in Lean Women with PCOS
Program Director: Alan S. Penzias, M.D.

Gabrielle Page-Wilson, M.D. - Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons
Effects of Early Estradiol Replacement on Adipopse Tissue Inflammation and Metabolism in Postmenopausal Women
Program Director: John P. Bilezikian, M.D.

Amy Riek, M.D - Washington University School of Medicine
Vitamin D, Insulin Resistance and Cardiovascular Disease
Program Director: Janet McGill, M.D.

Marilyn Fishman Grant for Diabetes Research
Pinar Gumus, M.D. - LSUHSC, Children's Hospital
Is Cortisol Metabolism Altered in Obese Children with Type 2 Diabetes?
Program Director: Stuart Chalew, M.D.

Ioannis Papagiannis, M.D. - Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Contribution of Hyperglycemia to Increased Beta Cell Proliferation in an Insulin Resistance Model
Program Director: James May, M.D.

Jennifer Rehm, M.D. - University of Wisconsin, Madison
Prevalence Hepatic Steatosis in Adolescents with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
Program Director: David B. Allen, M.D.

Kanakadurga Singer, M.D. - University of Michigan
Neuropeptide Y as a Mediator of Obesity Induced Adipose Tissue Inflammation
Program Director: Delia Vazquez, M.D.

The EFF Endocrine Research Grant
Joanna Klubo-Gwiezdzinska, M.D., Ph.D. - Washington Hospital Center
The Expression of Translocator Protein (TSPO) in Thyroid Cancer and its Role in Mitochondria-Mediated Apoptosis
Program Director: Kenneth Burman, M.D.

Tirissa Reid, M.D. - Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons
Assessment of Endothelial Function in Patients with Acromegaly
Program Director: Pamela U. Freda, M.D.

Ksenia Tonyushkina, M.D. - Baystate Medical Center
Ontogeny and Maturation of Negative Feedback Regulation in the Hypothalamic-Pituitary-Thyroid Axis
Program Director: Holley Allen, M.D.

Endocrine Fellow Foundation
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