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
- Maren Laughlin, Ph.D. Integrative metabolism and physiology, and in vivo molecular and functional imaging, as relevant to energy balance in metabolic disease
- Hanyu Liang, M.D., Ph.D. Hepatic Metabolism; Insulin Resistance; Type 2 Diabetes; Obesity; Bariatric Surgery
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Toward ElucidAting MechanismS of HIV Pathogenesis within the Mission of the NIDDK (Pathogenesis TEAMS) (R01 Clinical Trial Optional)
Advanced Training in Artificial Intelligence for Precision Nutrition Science Research (AIPrN) Institutional Research Training Programs (T32)
Notice of Special Interest (NOSI): Implementation Science to Advance Maternal Health and Maternal Health Equity for the IMPROVE initiative
Limited Competition: Small Grant Program for NIDDK K01/K08/K23/K25 Recipients (R03 Clinical Trial Optional)
Clinical, Behavioral, and Physiological Studies of Open- and Closed-loop Platforms: Toward Personalized, Fully Automated, Accessible Systems (R01 Clinical Trial Required)
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