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 Brickman and Donald Zimmerman 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 which has 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 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.
For more specifics on the research activities being conducted in the Division of Endocrinology, please visit the division page on the Stanley Manne Children's Research Institute website.