News, Honors, and Awards
Breastfeeding's legacy may protect against diabetes
Breastfeeding secures delivery of sugar and fat for milk production by changing the insulin sensitivity of organs that supply or demand these nutrients, a new study led by UT Southwestern scientists suggests. The findings, published in Diabetes, could explain how different tissues cooperate to start and maintain lactation and offer strategies to help improve breastfeeding success for mothers who have insufficient milk production.
Epidemiologic studies suggest that breastfeeding protects women from developing Type 2 diabetes, even decades after their children have been weaned. But how this benefit arises has been unclear, explains Maria A. Ramos-Roman, M.D.
Welcome to the team, Dr. Vora
Dr. Amy Vora is originally from Arkansas and received her internal medicine training at the University Of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas. Due to her interest in managing challenging endocrine diagnoses and helping a growing population of patients with Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus, she completed a fellowship in Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism at UT Southwestern Medical Center. She has an interest in Type 1 Diabetes, Gestational Diabetes and Reproductive Endocrine Disorders. Dr. Vora’s interests outside of medicine include running, hiking, traveling and spending time with friends and family.
Dr. Mcfadden recently receives funding from Damon Runyon
Dr. David McFadden receives funding from the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation for "Identifying metabolic vulnerabilities in Hürthle cell carcinoma"
Dr. Lingvay promoted to Professor
Dr. Ildiko Lingvay has been promoted to Professor of Internal Medicine, Division of Endocrinology. Dr. Pascual has secondary appointments in Clinical Sciences. Her research focus is on Metabolic Syndromes, Obesity, and Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus.
Dr. Esparza joins the Endocrinology team
Dr. Maria Esparza is originally from Chicago but grew up in Mexico. She received her medical training at Universidad Autonoma de Aguascalientes and graduated with honors. She completed her internal medicine training at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. Dr. Esparza pursued her fellowship in endocrinology and metabolism at UTSW. During her fellowship, she participated in lipid research and her passion for education and clinical research led her to stay as faculty at UTSW.
Dr. Bickel awarded NIDDK grant
The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases awarded Dr. Perry Bickel a grant for the study of "Perilipin 5 in the Regulation of Adipose Tissue Function."
Dr. Mirfakhraee awarded for Clinical Training
Dr. Sasan Mirfakhraee receives the Daniel W. Foster Excellence in Clinical Training Award.