T32 Training Program in Metabolism, Endocrinology and Obesity

Overview

Our Training Program is based in the Section of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Nutrition in the Department of Medicine at Boston University School of Medicine. Participating faculty have appointments in the Departments of Biochemistry and Biophysics as well as in the Department of Medicine. The training program has a distinguished 50 year history of funding by the NIH, and prior post-doctoral trainees have included many major figures in Endocrinology and Metabolism. More recently, pre-doctoral candidates have become an integral part of the training in this Program and many have become successful academics. In addition, the scope of the training program has broadened to reflect current research trends, techniques and knowledge.

The twin global epidemics of obesity and type 2 diabetes clearly indicate the need for basic and translational researchers who have the multi- and inter-disciplinary knowledge and skills to address the major threats of these chronic diseases to public health. As these medical problems of the population have evolved over the past 50 years, so have the foci and strengths of our Program, which includes addressing these and other related pathologies at multiple levels including the most basic behavior of relevant cells.

Our goal is to provide pre- and post-doctoral fellows with the critical thinking skills and knowledge of the fields of endocrinology and metabolism that will prepare them for careers in academic medicine. Trainees will learn to understand multiple aspects of metabolic and endocrine diseases and will be able to apply this understanding in a translational fashion to disease prevention, treatment and eventual cure.

We feature four Program areas for the training of post-doctoral and pre-doctoral scientists and physician/scientists:


i.  Basic (molecular, cellular) endocrine and metabolic science related to obesity and diabetes.

ii. Translational aspects of diabetes and obesity.

iii. Vascular biology and its relationship to metabolic disease.

iv. Thyroid and vitamin D biology

The training team consists of scientists, clinicians and physician-scientists in multiple departments at the BU Medical Campus, all of whom are highly accomplished, interactive and broadly experienced. This group of investigators is internationally known, and trainees will have access to state of the art knowledge, resources and technology as well as contacts in the broad medical and scientific community. Resources at Boston university school of medicine available for trainees include the Evans Center for Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research, the NIH-funded Boston Obesity Nutrition Research Center (BNORC), the Department of Medicine, BU Core Facilities and our Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI).