A portrait of Dr. Dale Abel and Dr. Miguel Lopez

The Twin Epidemics: Our Changing Understanding of Diabetes and Obesity

A portrait of Dr. Dale Abel and Dr. Miguel Lopez
Dale Abel, MD, PhD (left) and Miguel Lopez, PhD.

Eric Wilson, Aline Sandouk, and Taz Khalid are here to introduce two of the people fighting world-wide epidemics: Diabetes and Obesity. Endocrinologist Dr. Dale Abel is the director of the University of Iowa Fraternal Order of Eagles Diabetes Research Center. The Diabetes Research Center recently invited Dr. Miguel Lopez to come from Spain, where he is a professor of physiology at the University of Santiago De Compostela. He coordinates the NeurObesity research group at the Center for Research in Molecular Medicine and Chronic Diseases; his field of knowledge is the hypothalamic regulation of energy balance. We got to talk to them about the current state of research in diabetes and obesity, and the prospects for a paradigm shift in how we treat them.

Also, Drs. Abel and Lopez compare the way research is funded in Europe and the US, and we discuss the value of well-timed and effective mentorship to young researchers.

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