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Endocrinology Research

Our faculty is actively involved in clinical and basic science research. We are an affiliate for TrialNet, a consortium of institutions that implement research protocols aimed at better understanding the natural history of Type 1 Diabetes as well as prevention trials.

Search our listing of current clinical trials and review our recent publications for more information.

Additional topics of the division’s research include:

  • Hyperglycemia and Adverse Pregnancy Outcomes (HAPO) Follow-Up Study
  • Lifestyle Interventions in Overweight and Obese Pregnant Women
  • GeNeSIS, The Genetics and Neuroendocrinology of Short Stature International Study
  • Resilience Promotion in Teenagers with Type 1 Diabetes: Preventing Negative Outcomes
  • Turner Syndrome

The Division of Endocrinology participates in a number of research projects related to the metabolic syndrome, type 1 diabetes mellitus and endocrine aspects of brain tumors. Division fellows working under the mentorship of faculty members throughout the Northwestern University medical community have won prizes for several years at the Lurie Children's annual Research Scholar Day.

Faculty members Wendy J Brickman, MD. and Donald Zimmerman, MD, participate in the Mary Ann and J. Milburn Smith Child Health Research Program project on childhood precursors of the metabolic syndrome in Chinese twins. This project studies individuals living in a remote region of China who have recently experienced a change in diet (greater availability of western diet with higher fat content) and examines relationships among diet, body composition, body weight, glucose tolerance and fat-related hormones.

Jami Josefson, MD, MS, has undertaken studies of fat content of offspring of obese mothers using the technique of air plethysmography. She has found that women who gain too much weight during pregnancy tend to have newborns with a high amount of body fat.

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