Partnerships and Affiliations

Department of Clinical Nutrition

The Department of Clinical Nutrition within the School of Health Professions at UT Southwestern Medical Center works closely with the Center for Human Nutrition to offer students and faculty an effective learning environment to study nutrition.

Division of Nutrition and Metabolic Diseases

The Division of Nutrition and Metabolic Diseases is actively involved in clinical and basic research pertaining to the disorders of human nutrition and metabolism such as obesity, other body fat disorders, diabetes, and hyperlipidemias. This Division is headed by Abhimanyu Garg, M.D.

Department of Molecular Genetics

The Department of Molecular Genetics applies powerful tools of molecular biology to problems of clinical medicine with heavy emphasis on genetic and metabolic disorders.

Hypothalamic Research Center

The Hypothalamic Research Center was established in 2006 to bring together scientists interested in understanding the mechanisms underlying hypothalamic function, which regulates body temperature, certain metabolic processes, and other autonomic nervous system activities.

Touchstone Diabetes Center

The Touchstone Diabetes Center is devoted to the study of the cells and tissues that are either contributing to or are affected by diabetes and its related diseases. Research in the Touchstone Diabetes Center focuses on both basic and clinical aspects of Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes, and questions related to the impact of diabetes and obesity on cardiovascular disease outcome and cancer incidence.

Internal Medicine/ Division of Endocrinology

The Endocrinology Division at UT Southwestern Medical Center encompasses all aspects of endocrinology. A diverse faculty whose expertise spans the spectrum of endocrine disease direct a variety of clinical and basic research efforts.

Internal Medicine/ Division of Digestive and Liver Diseases

The Division is one of the top academic gastroenterology and hepatology units in the Country. As with other Divisions in the Department of Internal Medicine, its core missions include excellence in patient care, promoting education, and advancing our understanding and treatment of digestive and liver diseases through research.

Advanced Imaging Research Center

The AIRC is a collaboration between UT Southwestern Medical Center and other North Texas institutions to further research in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS), and translation of discoveries into clinical practice. The Center's research seeks to advance basic understanding, diagnostic techniques, and treatments for a wide range of diseases, including cancer, diabetes, obesity, Alzheimer's disease, schizophrenia, depression, autism, attention-deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD), and diseases of the heart, lung, and liver.

Department of Pharmacology

The Department of Pharmacology is actively involved in biomedical research areas that span a broad range of approaches, from integrative physiology and metabolism to molecular pharmacology and systems biology

External Affiliations

American Heart Association

The American Heart Association’s (AHA’s) Council on Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Metabolism (NPAM) brings new emphasis to the association in the fields of obesity, diabetes, nutrition, physical activity, and metabolic syndrome. CHN Director Scott Grundy, M.D., Ph.D., is a Past Chair of NPAM. Gloria Vega, Ph.D., has been a member of the AHA’s Research Committee.

Dallas Veterans Affairs Medical Center

The VA Medical Center is a major site for clinical investigation for researchers at the CHN. Much of the research published from the CHN over the past 25 years has been carried out at the VAMC.

Cooper Institute

Cooper Institute is a nonprofit organization founded by Kenneth Cooper, M.D., in Dallas, Texas, in 1970. The Institute, which is dedicated to preventive medicine research, has more than 600 peer-reviewed publications related to obesity, hypertension, diabetes, and effects of physical activity on morbidity and mortality. The Cooper Institute has entered into a collaborative research program with UT Southwestern and the Center for Human Nutrition.

National Institutes of Health (NIH)

The National Institutes of Health (NIH), a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the nation’s medical research agency — making important discoveries that improve health and save lives. Thanks in large part to NIH-funded medical research, Americans today are living longer and healthier.

National Center for In Vivo Metabolism

The National Center for In Vivo Metabolism Biomedical Technology Resource Center (BTRC), sponsored by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The BTRC is an integral partner of the Advanced Imaging Research Center (AIRC) at UTSouthwestern. The BTRC supports not only its science, but its training and dissemination to institutions across the nation. Carefully selected and planned Collaborative studies and Service agreements are continually cultivated to provide the backbone for push-pull research to maximize utilization of our scientific team and technology. MR research, collaboration and services include spectroscopy and imaging studies on: blood and tissue samples; human and vertebrate subjects; areas of interest include skeletal muscle, brain trauma, Alzheimer's, stroke, diabetes, heart and liver.

The Welch Foundation

The Welch Foundation, based in Houston, Texas, is one of the nation's largest private funding sources for basic chemical research. Since its founding in 1954, the organization has contributed to the advancement of chemistry through research grants, departmental programs, endowed chairs and other special projects at educational institutions in Texas.

American Diabetes Association

 The American Diabetes Association leads the fight against the deadly consequences of diabetes and fight for those affected by diabetes. The ADA funds research to prevent, cure and manage diabetes, delivers services to hundreds of communities, provides objective and credible information, and gives a voice to those denied their rights because of diabetes.

American Society for Mass Spectrometry

The American Society for Mass Spectrometry (ASMS) is a non-profit 501 c 3 corporation formed in 1969 to promote and disseminate knowledge of mass spectrometry and allied topics. Their interests include advancement of techniques and instrumentation in mass spectrometry, as well as fundamental research in chemistry, geology, forensics, biological sciences and physics.