NEWS | July 22, 2011

Glaser named to Dean's Professorship in Childhood Diabetes Research


Nicole Glaser, an internationally respected researcher on the effects of diabetes on children and youth, has been named to the Dean’s Professorship in Childhood Diabetes Research at the UC Davis School of Medicine.

Dr. Nicole Glaser © UC Regents
Nicole Glaser

A pediatric endocrinologist, Glaser’s wide-ranging research includes the nation’s first prospective, nationwide, multi-site clinical study evaluating the effects of treatment protocols on neurological injuries caused by diabetic ketoacidosis, or “diabetic crisis.”

A life-threatening condition, diabetic ketoacidosis occurs when a shortage of insulin prevents the body from burning sugars so that it uses fat for fuel. Ketones released into the bloodstream as a byproduct cause ketoacidosis, and result in vomiting, dehydration, neurologic complications and, potentially, death.

“For decades, pediatric endocrinologists and other pediatric specialists have debated the safest treatment protocol for diabetic ketoacidosis in children,” Glaser said. “Despite decades of controversy, there are no clear data to support one method of treatment over another. This endowment will further my investigations and provide critical insights to resolve this issue and ensure that we are treating children with diabetic ketoacidosis in the safest way possible.”

Glaser’s research has been published extensively in high-impact medical journals, including the Journal of Pediatrics, Pediatrics, Diabetes and the New England Journal of Medicine. Her work has transformed the treatment of children in diabetic crisis in emergency rooms worldwide.

“Nicole Glaser is a superb physician, scientist and medical educator whose groundbreaking investigations are improving the lives of children living with diabetes every day,” said Claire Pomeroy, vice chancellor for human health sciences and dean of the UC Davis School of Medicine. “The endowment of this professorship will further her innovative and vital research inquiries.” 

Glaser’s research is funded by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Development of the National Institutes of Health. Her research also is funded by the American Diabetes Association and the Children’s Miracle Network.

Glaser joined the UC Davis faculty as an associate physician in 1997, was promoted to assistant professor in 2001, associate professor in 2005 and professor in 2011. She is the recipient of the Outstanding Teaching, Outstanding Role Model and Outstanding Fellow awards from the Department of Pediatrics.

Glaser graduated with distinction from Swarthmore College and cum laude from Harvard Medical School. She completed her residency in the Harvard program at Children’s Hospital Boston and her fellowship at UC San Diego. She is board certified in pediatrics and pediatric endocrinology.

Her base salary will be $107,400.

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