Team uses CTM resources in study on nonalcoholic fatty liver disease

Using clinical research resources available at UT Southwestern, a team of investigators has demonstrated a significant role for fatty acid synthesis in the development of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease. 

The team, led by Elizabeth Parks, Ph.D., former Associate Professor in Clinical Nutrition, also included Jennifer Lambert, Center for Human Nutrition postdoctoral fellow, and Drs. Maria Ramos-Roman and Jeff Browning, both in the Department of Internal Medicine.

"Patients with fatty liver were distinctive in their elevation in lipogenesis, suggesting that dietary sugars play a significant role in this disease," Dr. Ramos-Roman said.

This transdisciplinary project took advantage of the strong resources available through the Clinical and Translational Research Center at UT Southwestern.