Benefits of Green Tea

Green Tea JBC Cover PageDr. Jeonga Kim and colleagues recently published a paper in the Journal of Biological Chemistry. Dr. Kim's paper was featured as the August 2, 2013 Paper of the Week. The Cover Page of this JBC issue featured this work and was actually designed by Dr. Kim's daughter!

Dr. Kim's 
laboratory investigates the impact of vascular endothelial function on diseases such as type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. One focus of her studies is to investigate the effects of green tea polyphenol, also known as epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG), on the physiology of vascular endothelial cells. Her group discovered that EGCG enhanced autophagy which results in reduced accumulation of intracellular lipid droplets. These findings may suggest that green tea regulates lipid metabolism in vasculature, which may in turn affect cardiovascular function. Green tea may be a potential therapeutic reagent to prevent cardiovascular complications.

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4th Annual Diabetes Research Day

The 4th Annual Diabetes Research Day was held on May 7, 2013 at the Doubletree Hotel.  Click here for more information.

Pituitary Conference on April 13th

Pituitary_TSRThe UAB Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism held the first UAB Multidisciplinary Pituitary Disorder Conference on Saturday April 13, 2013 at the Bradley Lecture Center. The purpose of this program was to provide neurosurgeons, endocrinologists, ophthalmologists, and radiation oncologists with the latest information regarding multidisciplinary treatment options for caring for pituitary disease. The program included multiple subspecialists and offered a rare opportunity for the attendee to be exposed to the full range of disciplines involved in the care of this disorder. A brochure of this conference can be found here.

We are fortunate that the speakers have agreed to share their presentations:

Philip Chapman, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Radiology
University of Alabama at Birmingham

Michael Vaphiades, D.O.
Professor of Ophthalmology
University of Alabama at Birmingham

Lewis S. Blevins, Jr., M.D.
Clinical Professor of Neurological Surgery and Medicine
Medical Director, California Center for Pituitary Disorders
University of California at San Francisco

T. Brooks Vaughan III, M.D.
Associate Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics
Medical Director, UAB Neurosurgical Pituitary Disorders Clinic
University of Alabama at Birmingham

Kristen Riley, M.D., FACS
Associate Professor of Neurosurgery
Director, UAB Neurosurgical Pituitary Disorders Clinic
University of Alabama at Birmingham

John Fiveash, M.D.
Professor of Radiation Oncology, Vice Chair for Academic Programs
University of Alabama at Birmingham

Janet F. McLaren, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology
University of Alabama at Birmingham

Dr. Bahl joins the faculty

Bahl-Certificate-150x150 Posted on Jun 30, 2012

The Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism is pleased to announce the faculty appointment of Dr. Deepti Bahl.  Dr. Bahl attended Maulana Azad Medical College in India and then completed an Internal Medicine residency at Harbor Hospital in Baltimore.  She has now completed an Endocrinology Fellowship at UAB and will be joining the faculty.  Dr. Bahl’s clinical interests included diabetes and general endocrinology.

Dr. Rizo Joins the Faculty

Ivania Rizo 1The Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism is pleased to announce the faculty appointment of Ivania Rizo, M.D.. Dr. Rizo attended Georgetown University School of Medicine and then completed an Internal Medicine residency at Georgetown University Hospital. She has now completed an Endocrinology Fellowship at UAB and will be joining the faculty. Dr. Rizo's clinical interests in general endocrinology and inpatient glycemic control. Welcome Dr. Rizo!

Early menopause linked to heart disease

Posted on Jun 29, 2012

The consequences of early menopause in women are significant and include excessive bone loss and vasomotor symptoms.  Dr. Melissa Wellons, Assistant Professor in the Divisions of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism, and Reproductive Endocrinology has discovered that early menopause is also associated with early heart disease.  In this study of over 2600 women, the study participants who reported spontaneous early or surgical menopause had an increased risk for cardiovascular disease and stroke.   Dr. Wellons’ research will be published in the journal Menopause.  The results of the study were also reported by Reuters News.

Dr. Kim awarded ADA grant


Jeonga-KimPosted on Jun 11, 2012

Dr. Jeonga Kim, Assistant Professor in the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism, was awarded a research grant from the American Diabetes Association.  The title of her study is “Role of TLR-4-mediated unfolding protein is vascular insulin resistance”.   The goals of this important research are to understand how inflammatory responses that occur with obesity and diabetes affect vascular endothelium.  Congratulations Dr. Kim!

Dr. Srivastav receives award

srivastav-award-150x150Posted on Jun 5, 2012

Congratulations to Dr. Soni Srivastav!  Her poster presentation was awarded 2nd place in the Fellows-In-Training category at the annual meeting of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists in Philadelphia.  The title of her poster was “Prevalence of Anti-Gad Antibodies in Patients with Pancreatic Diabetes Mellitus”.  Dr. Srivastav and her mentor, Dr. Fernando Ovalle, examined the prevalence of anti-GAD antibodies in patients with diabetes due to pancreatic disease.  Anti-GAD antibodies are often detected in patients with type 1 diabetes, the autoimmune form of diabetes.  Unexpectedly, they discovered that anti-GAD antibodies were detected in 30% of patients with diabetes due to chronic pancreatitis.  The prevalence of anti-GAD antibodies in pancreatic diabetes due to other pancreatic diseases was also higher than expected.  This research suggests that anti-GAD antibodies may not be a specific test for type 1 diabetes.  Dr. Srivastav is a first-year endocrinology fellow.