The Endocrine Section is committed to advancing knowledge in Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism and translating advances in research into clinical practice.  Faculty members are involved in a number of areas of clinical and basic research. Protocols ranging from broad-based multicenter clinical outcome studies to the effect of hormonal manipulations on gene expression are ongoing. State-of-the-art technologies for immunoassay, flow cytometry, molecular biology, mass spectrometry, and metabolic studies including the use of stable isotopes, as well as computer-based data analysis are available through both the Section of Endocrinology and the Clinical Research Center at the University of Illinois College of Medicine.

Faculty members conduct active research programs in both basic and clinical endocrinology. These include projects in thyroid physiology, thyroid cancer, women's health, osteoporosis, hypercalcemia of malignancy, neuroendocrinology, pituitary disorders, diabetes and growth factors.  In-depth research training is supported through an NIH-sponsored training grant

Specific research interests are listed below each faculty link:

Aya Makino, PhD
Modulation of endothelium function in pathological state

Elena Barengolts, MD
Osteoporosis, Women's health, Aging, Risk factors for fractures and osteoporosis in males and Association between osteoporosis and atherosclerosis

Lawrence Frohman, MD
Regulation of Growth Hormone Secretion, Hypothalamic Hormones and Pituitary Tumorigenesis

Rhonda D. Kineman, PhD
Hormonal and Metabolic Regulation of Anterior Pituitary Neuropeptide Receptors Synthesis and Sensitivity

Subhash Kukreja, MD
Parathyroid Hormone-Related Peptide (PTHrP), Bone tumors, Osteoporosis

Dan Mihailescu , MD
Diabetes, Thyroid, Vitamin D

Susan Sam, MD
Polycystic Ovary Syndrome and Obesity

David Sarne, MD
Thyroid Nodules and Thyroid Cancer

Arthur Schneider, MD, PhD
Radiation-Induced Thyroid Cancer and Other Endocrine Neoplasms

Papasani Subbaiah, PhD
Lipids, Lipoproteins and Membranes

Terry Unterman, MD
Insulin and IGF Action, Cell Signaling and Transcriptional Regulation, Metabolism

Yong Zhao, PhD
To identify a novel type of pluripotent stem cell with embryonic characteristics from human umbilical cord blood.


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