Dennis J. Pillion, PhD

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Dept. of Pharmacology and Toxicology

Contact Information:

Office Address: VH L108E
Phone: 205-934-4570
E-mail: dpillion@uab.edu
Websites: Dept. of Pharmacology & Toxicology Faculty Page
School of Medicine Faculty Profile

Education:

University of Hartford, West Hartfort, CT
BA, Biology and Chemistry, 1972

Medical College of Georgia, Augusta, GA
PhD, Cell and Molecular Biology, 1976

Post-Graduate Training:

Brown University, Providence, RI
Postdoctoral Fellow, Insulin action, 1979

Research Description:

I have been interested in various aspects of diabetes research for the past 25 years. My laboratory has investigated insulin binding and action in isolated tissues and cells. Currently, I am studying the possibility of delivering insulin and other peptide drugs at therapeutic levels using ocular, nasal or oral formulations containing novel absorption-enhancing agents. A patent has been issued on this work and a license has been signed with a biotech firm to bring this product to market. In addition to this primary line of research, I have participated in diabetes education programs in urban and rural settings where health care delivery to persons with diabetes mellitus was lacking. I serve on several public service committees dedicated to diabetes advocacy and I play a leadership role in diabetes education and advocacy in the State of Alabama and nationally.

Publications

DRC Membership Category:

Senior Scientist