Molecular Mechanisms of the Disease Process

Basic research in lipoprotein metabolism investigating good (HDL) and bad (LDL) cholesterol which translates into our clinical interest in controlling human lipoprotein disorders.

Clinical research projects include new pharmacotherapies in type 1 and type 2 diabetes, including novel insulin sensitizers and new insulin analogs. Clinical research in Obesity includes lifestyle interventions and novel pharmacotherapeutic agents used as adjunctive agents in Obesity management. 

Type 1 diabetes is caused by the body's defense or immune system destroying the insulin-producing islet cells. Studies are underway to investigate whether insulin, given before the onset of type1diabetes, can prevent the onset of disease. One disadvantage of using insulin as a preventative therapy is that it can cause low blood sugar reactions. Using a unique insulin (B25 Asp analog) which has been slightly modified so that it does not lower blood sugar, recent studies at the University of Kentucky in an animal model of diabetes demonstrate that this analog prevents diabetes more effectively than insulin. Thus, this may be an ideal agent for clinical use in individuals at risk to develop diabetes since it can be used without the risk of low blood sugar reactions. These translational studies will be invaluable in development of therapies for the prevention of type 1 diabetes in man.

Destruction of insulin producing islet by immune T cells

Determination of biological-pathologic protocols to assist in the development of molecular therapies in the treatment of the following diseases:

  • Atherosclerosis

  • Hyperlipidemia

  • Immunology of Type 1 Diabetes

  • Obesity

  • Thyroid Cancer