Pediatric Endocrinology Research

Research Activities
Child Health Research Center
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Current Research Projects are examining:

  • Diabetes
  • Growth
  • Obesity
  • Polycystic Ovary Syndrome



Mark DeBoer, MD, MSc

Mark DeBoer, M.D.Much of my research relates to the metabolic syndrome, which is a cluster of clinical factors that can result from obesity and increase the risk of heart disease and Type 2 diabetes. My research partner Dr. Matthew Gurka and I use information regarding the metabolic syndrome in children and adults to predict risk of future disease as a means of identifying and motivating those at highest need for weight loss. Unfortunately, pediatric obesity is likely to shorten the lifespan of a lot of children we see in clinic. My hope is that pinpointing the causes of obesity and knowing more about the problems associated with it can help practitioners, families, and children improve their health.

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