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Department of Internal Medicine

Department of Internal Medicine

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Faculty Research

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

Jennifer Lee, M.D., Ph.D.: Dr. Lee's research focuses on how sex hormones such as estrogen and testosterone interact with other metabolic factors to influence cardiovascular and bone health in women and men across race/ethnicities.

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.


Fellow Research

Dr. William Amess: My primary research is in the field of osteoporosis.  I am specifically interested in the screening/management of osteoporosis for individuals with spinal cord injuries.  For individuals unable to walk, this patient population is at significant risk for decreased bone density (and therefore fractures) in bones of the lower extremities.  Dual-energy X-ray Absorptiometry (DXA) is the standard tool for evaluating bone density.  Although this patient population most often sustains fractures in the distal lower extremities, current screening protocols do not measure bone density at these sites.  Our goal is to identify if there are significant differences in bone density throughout the lower extremities for individuals based on their history of fractures.

If a significant difference can be shown, then this would indicate that DXA screening protocols should include bone density measurement of the more distal aspects of the legs to evaluate for osteoporosis and to characterize fracture risk.


Research Publications

November 2010
Subclinical thyroid dysfunction and incident hip fracture in older adults
by Lee JS, Buzková P, Fink HA, Vu J, Carbone L, Chen Z, Cauley J, Bauer DC, Cappola AR, Robbins J.
Archives of Internal Medicine, 2010;170(21):1876-1883

October 2010
Differential Imaging of Biological Structures with Doubly-resonant Coherent Anti-stokes Raman Scattering (CARS)
by Weeks T.J., Huser T.R. (2010).  JoVE. 44., doi: 10.3791/2085

Visualizing Cell-to-cell Transfer of HIV using Fluorescent Clones of HIV and Live Confocal Microscopy
by Dale B., McNerney G.P., Thompson D.L., Hübner W., Huser T., Chen B.K. (2010). JoVE. 44., doi: 10.3791/2061

June 2010
Management of Hypertriglyceridemia in the Diabetic Patient
by Ishwarlal Jialal, William Amess, and Manpreet Kaur
Current Diabetes Reports, 2010 Aug ;10 (4):316-20

April 2010
Orange juice neutralizes the proinflammatory effect of a high-fat, high-carbohydrate meal and prevents endotoxin increase and Toll-like receptor expression
by Ghanim H, Sia CL, Upadhyay M, Korzeniewski K, Viswanathan P, Abuaysheh S, Mohanty P, Dandona P.
American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 2010;91:940-9


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