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Previous Awardees


Type 2 Diabetes Risk and Prevention Communication: Perspectives from African American Diabetic Mothers and Their Daughters
TyWanda McLaurin-Jones, PhD., Howard University

Blood & Stool miRNA as Biomarkers of Colon Neoplasia in Diabetic and Obese African Americans
Hassan Brim, Ph.D., University of Maryland

Invasive Fungal Diseases Associated with Diabetes Mellitus
Vincent Bruno, Ph.D., University of Maryland

Defining Mechanisms of Hepatic Mitophagy
Hiromi Sesaki, Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University


Bombesin receptor subtype-3 and glucose homeostasis
Ellen E. Ladenheim, Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University

Toward Precision Medicine of Diabetes Treatment: a pilot & feasibility study of DPP4 inhibitors
Amber Beitelshees, Ph.D., University of Maryland

Hepatic Androgen Receptor: a Key Contributor to Pathophysiology in Hyperandrogenemic Females
Sheng Wu, PhD., Johns Hopkins University


MetaMetabolic Signaling Pathways, Diabetes and Adiposity Impact on Colon Adenoma from African Americans
Hassan Ashktorab, Ph.D., Howard University

Rapid Grading of Fundus Photographs for Diabetic Retinopathy Using Crowdsourcing
Christopher Brady, M.D., The Johns Hopkins University

Neurobehavioral Correlates of Food Insecurity and Obesity in Urban Adolescents
Susan Carnell, Ph.D., The Johns Hopkins University

Identification of Lipid Homeostasis Regulators Using Proximity-Based Biotinylation
Peter Espenshade, Ph.D., The Johns Hopkins University

ANGPTL4: A Novel Molecular Target for Diabetic Eye Disease
Silvia Montaner, Ph.D., University of Maryland


Circulating MicroRNAs as Potential Biomarkers of Type 2 Diabetes in African American Adults
Kanwal Gambhir, Ph.D., Howard University

Type-1 Interferon in Immunoregulation and Development of Diabetes
Giorgio Raimondi, Ph.D., The Johns Hopkins University

Role of NADPH Oxidase 4 and Mitochondrial Dysfunction in Maternal Diabetes-Induced Heart Defects
Peixin Yang, Ph.D., University of Maryland


Control of Hypothalamic Neurogenesis by Dietary and Hormonal Signals
Seth Blackshaw, Ph.D., The Johns Hopkins University

Pancreatic Islet-Homing Peptides for Disease Monitoring and Treatment of T1D
Kamal Moudgil, Ph.D., University of Maryland

The Role of Cardiovascular Disease Risk in Memory and Alzheimer's Disease
Thomas O. Obisesan, M.D., Howard University

Cellular Senescence in Cystic Fibrosis-Related Diabetes
Scott Blackman, M.D., The Johns Hopkins University


Role of Lipolysis in Intermittent-Hypoxia Induced Insulin Resistance
Jonathan Jun, M.D., The Johns Hopkins University

Identifying Signaling Pathways Involved in the Differentiation of Human Embryonic Stem Cells to Insulin Producing Cells
Michael Parsons, Ph.D., The Johns Hopkins University

Health Activity Behavior Intervention for Older Adults with Diabetes
Charlene Quinn, Ph.D., University of Maryland


The Role of Co‐Activator p300 in Regulating Hepatic Gluconeogenesis
Ling He, M.D., Ph.D., The Johns Hopkins University

Estrogens Regulate Endocrine Influences of Adipose Tissue on Skeletal Muscle
Espen E. Spangenburg, Ph.D., University of Maryland

The Role of Adipocyte ACOT7 in Diabetic Dyslipidemia
Michael J. Wolfgang, Ph.D., The Johns Hopkins University


The Origin, Metabolism, and Pathology of Ovarian Glucose
Charles Chaffin, Ph.D., University of Maryland

Hyperandrogenism and Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome in the Old Order Amish
Sara DiVall, M.D., The Johns Hopkins University; Patrick McArdle, Ph.D., University of Maryland

Influences of Prenatal Nutrition, Genetics, Childhood Growth Trajectory, Sexual Maturation, and their Interactions on Metabolic Outcomes During Puberty: A Twin Study
Youfa Wang, M.D., Ph.D., M.S., The Johns Hopkins University


Formative Research for a Prepared Food Source Intervention to Reduce Diabetes Risk Among Urban African-Americans
Joel Gittelsohn, Ph.D., The Johns Hopkins University

Pilot Study on the Use of OmniPod Subcutaneous Insulin Delivery Pump in Hospitalized Patients
Kristi D. Silver, M.D., University of Maryland

Characterizing the Metabolic Function of a Novel Adipokine, CTRP12
Guang William Wong, Ph.D., The Johns Hopkins University


Examining the Relationship Between Stress, Dietary Lapse and Weight Regain Among Weight-Reduced Adults with Type 2 Diabetes
Lawrence J. Cheskin, M.D., The Johns Hopkins University

Promoting Islet Transplants by Targeting Fas Ligand
Abdel Hamad, D.V.M., Ph.D., The Johns Hopkins University

Post-Translational Regulation of Glucokinase by Glucagon-like Peptide 1 (GLP1)
Mark A. Rizzo, Ph.D., University of Maryland