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Focuses on Early Predictors of Diabetes and Role of Race/Ethnicity
“We will compare two groups of people: African-Americans and Caucasians, who have one or both parents with type 2 diabetes,” explained Dr. Dagogo-Jack. “Over a five-year period, we will repeatedly assess changes in body composition, diet and exercise habits, insulin sensitivity and secretion, fat cell-derived hormones, as well as a variety of risk predictors.”
African-Americans, Hispanics, Asian-Americans and Native Americans are known to suffer disproportionately from diabetes compared to Caucasians. The exact mechanisms and timing of the ethnic and racial differences in the development of diabetes are not well understood.
“Dr. Dagogo-Jack’s research will provide the medical community with invaluable information on ethnic and racial differences in diabetes occurrence and risk factors,” said Abbas E. Kitabchi, PhD, MD, professor of medicine and molecular sciences, and director of the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism. “The results of this study could significantly broaden the horizon of diabetes prevention, particularly among African-Americans,” Dr. Kitabchi observed.
to his academic position at UTHSC, Dr. Dagogo-Jack serves as director of the
Fellowship Training Program in Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism. In his work at the
Dr. Dagogo-Jack’s previous academic
appointments include: Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis.;
Dr. Dagogo-Jack received his medical degree from the University of Ibadan
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