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Daniel E. Hale, MD
Professor of Pediatrics and Division Chief
Division of Endocrinology & Diabetes



Research interests:
Prevalence and progression of diabetes risk factors in children and youth; diagnosis and treatment of children with type 2 diabetes; primary prevention programs for type 2 diabetes in children; growth and endocrine characterization and treatment of children with chromosome 18 abnormalities; pharmaceutical treatment of type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes and growth disorders.

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Jane Lynch, MD
Professor of Pediatrics
Fellowship Director of Pediatric Endocrinology
Division of Endocrinology & Diabetes



Research Interests:
Childhood Diabetes - insulin combination therapies, insulin pumps, Chronic Disease in Children - behavioral and emotional aspects of chronic disease with an understanding of the impact on the family unit, type 2 diabetes in youth Growth in children with chronic illness, impact of medications on growth.

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Carisse Mendoza Orsi, MD
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Division of Endocrinology & Diabetes


Research Interests:
Effect of a Basal/Pre-Meal Insulin Strategy (Detemir/Aspart) to Improve Insulin Secretion and Action in Subjects with Type 2 Diabetes. Byetta Study Extension

Vitamin D in Youth with Non Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD): A 24-week, open-label, observational study

Maria “Sukie” Rayas, M.D.

Maria Rayas, MD
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Division of Endocrinology & Diabetes


Research Interests:
Continuous glucose monitoring in Type 1 Diabetes and Cystic Fibrosis Patients
Cystic Fibrosis-Related Diabetes Screening, Diagnosis, and Treatment

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Rector Arya, PhD
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Division of Endocrinology & Diabetes



Research Interests:
Biomedical research with special emphasis on the study of genetic factors and their role in disease etiology and distribution; control and prevention of disease in families; study of inherited causes of disease in populations; and conducting family- and population-based genetic epidemiological studies.

Current research involves the study of genetic and environmental determinants of common complex diseases such as obesity, type 2 diabetes, metabolic syndrome, chronic kidney disease, gallbladder disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and other cardiovascular disease risk factors in Mexican American children and adults.

Accurate diagnosis and prognosis through characterization of the risk of disease or response to intervention (i.e., gene by lifestyle interaction) related to a specific gene/variant.

Application of genetics in medicine to providing more genetically personalized care; conducting anthropological genetic studies including human variation, growth, nutrition, nutrigenomics, behavioral and medical genetics.

TODAY, which is the acronym for Treatment Options for Diabetes Type 2 in Adolescents and Youth, is a nationwide research study that provides participants with state-of-the-art education materials and medical care for type 2 diabetes.

Researchers in the Department of Pediatrics have recently been chosen to become a major affiliate of TrialNet, a national NIH-sponsored study to understand and prevent type 1 diabetes.

Chromosome 18 Clinical Research Center