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Currently Funded Pilot & Feasibility Projects

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Year Investigator Title Present Position
2016 Brian DeBosch MD, PhD Mechanisms of trehalose action in modulating hepatic and extrahepatic metabolism Assistant Professor, Pediatrics
2016 Subhadra Gunawardana, PhD Insulin-independent reversal of diabetes with BAT transplants: role of IGF-1 Associate Professor, Cell Biology and Physiology
2016 Lydia-Ann Harris, PhD A role for FGF21 in the weight loss-independent metabolic effects of Roux-en-Y gastric bypass Instructor, Nutritional Sciences
2016 Heather Lawson, PhD Molecular and functional characterization of brown adipose tissue expansion in high fat-fed SM/J mice Assistant Professor, Genetics
2016 Rithwick Rajagopal, MD, PhD Fenofibrate mitigates diabetic retinopathy through peroxisome proliferator-activator receptor-alpha Assistant Professor, Ophthalmology & Visual Science
2016 Rachel Tabak, PhD Objective physical activity in a worksite intervention to reduce obesity and diabetes Assistant Professor, Prevention Research Center
2015 Jeffrey R. Millman, PhD Improved differentiation of human stem cells to beta cells with oxygen control Assistant Professor,
Endocrinology, Metabolism & Lipid Research
2015 Babak Razani, MD, PhD Use of a novel sugar to treat obesity and diabetes Assistant Professor, Cardiology
2015 Dmitri Samovski, PhD Regulation of insulin and AMPK signaling by saturated fatty acids Instructor, Nutritional Sciences
2015 Mohamed Zayed, MD, PhD N-Acetyl-Cysteine for healing of amputation stumps in the setting of diabetes Assistant Professor, Surgery


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University of Kentucky Current DRC Pilot and Feasibility Projects
Year Investigator Title Present Position
2016 Brian Finlin, PhD Regulation of pancreatic beta cell mass by adipose lipoprotein lipase Assistant Professor, Endocrinology, University of Kentucky


University of Utah Current DRC Pilot and Feasibility Projects
Year Investigator Title Present Position
2016 Sihem Boudina, PhD Hyperinsulinemia suppresses cardiac autophagy through activation of IGF-1 receptor signaling Assistant Professor, Nutrition, University of Utah