Sidika Karakas, M.D.: Dr. Karakas's research focuses on the effects of diet and nutrients on hormones, obesity, insulin resistance, lipid disorders, inflammation and reproductive disorders associated with Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS).

Dr. Karakas believes that early diagnosis of PCOS and insulin resistance during adolescence can prevent type 2 diabetes and other advanced symptoms of PCOS in adulthood.  She is currently conducting a study entitled School Based Screening to Identify the Adolescent s at Risk for Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus funded by the UC Davis CTSC Pilot program.  Her goal is to make this a part of the routine health care screening in high schools.


Lars Berglund, M.D., Ph.D.: Dr. Berglund’s research focus is in the area of lipoprotein metabolism and cardiovascular disease and his research is funded by NHLBI. He has published more than 170 peer-reviewed papers and is a member of the Editorial Board of Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology, the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, and Metabolic Syndrome and Related Disorders. He is a member of the NIH AIDS, Clinical Research and Epidemiology (ACE) study section, the American Heart Association Peer Review Committee and the Clinical Guidelines subcommittee of the Endocrine Society.

Anuurad Erdembileg, M.D., Ph.D., M.A.S.: Dr. Anuurad Erdembileg is specialized in public health and molecular epidemiology with a focus on the prevention of cardiovascular disease.  Following his M.D., Dr. Anuurad worked as a Senior Research Officer in the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare in Mongolia with responsibility for nationwide health data analysis and monitoring. Dr. Anuurad earned his Ph.D. degree in Public Health and Epidemiology at the Shimane University School of Medicine, Japan and completed his postdoctoral training at the University of California, Davis. Dr. Anuurad’s research goal is to understand the synergistic role of genetic variability, metabolic environment and inflammatory burden in promoting cardiovascular risk across ethnicity, gender and age. Identifying mechanisms underlying this constellation and gaining a better understanding of dynamic risk factor interactions, is highly important for developing intervention strategies and providing tools in prevention of cardiovascular disease.

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