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Methodist Launches Diabetes Research Program with Internationally Known Physician-Scientists

Methodist Launches Diabetes Research Program with Internationally Known Physician-Scientists

Two of the nation's most accomplished academic physicians in the fields of diabetes and related metabolic disorders joined the Methodist Hospital Research Institute (TMHRI) in early 2008, vastly expanding the existing research efforts for this field of medicine at the Institute. Willa Hsueh, M.D. from the University of California at Los Angeles, and John D. Baxter, M.D., from the University of California at San Francisco, have relocated to Houston with their research teams to establish the new Diabetes Research Center (DRC). The DRC will have its main laboratory and investigator offices on Fondren 8, with outpatient clinical facilities in the Smith Tower.

"Both the hospital and the research institute are related that John, Willa, and their teams will join us," said TMHRI Director, Dr. Michael Lieberman. "An innovative and comprehensive research program in diabetes, endocrinology, and metabolism has always been part of the strategic plan for the institute, and the new Diabetes Research Center marks a major step forward in that effort."

Dr. Baxter's laboratory was the first to clone the growth hormone family of genes, including the first human gene. More recently, Dr. Baxter and his key collaborator Dr. Paul Webb have worked in the area of nuclear hormone receptor action with a particular focus on thyroid hormone.