This class was so successful we are offering it again. Dr. Hollenberg (a thyroid specialist) and Dr. Alonso (a diabetes specialist) are both scientists and doctors. As such, they regularly move from their lab benches to their patients’ bedsides and back again. Teachers will be taken behind the scenes to see both doctors’ labs, and learn how being a scientist helps them be better doctors, and vice versa. Along the way, participants will also learn the basic biology of the endocrine system, with specific reference to the thyroid and diabetes.
Dr. Laura Alonso and Dr. Anthony Hollenberg
Dr. Laura Alonso is Chief of the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism at Weill Cornell Medicine, and a physician-scientist with research efforts in the diabetes area. She received her undergraduate degree from Harvard in biochemistry, and her medical diploma from the University of Pennsylvania. She trained in internal medicine at the University of Chicago, followed by fellowship training in endocrinology and metabolism at the University of Chicago and at NYU; her five-year postdoctoral fellowship in stem cell biology began at the University of Chicago and was completed at the Rockefeller University. She entered the diabetes field with her first faculty position at the University of Pittsburgh. In addition to seeing patients and running her research lab studying beta cell regeneration, she is currently the chair of an NIH grant review panel, associate editor of Physiological Reports, and the director of the Weill Center for Metabolic Health.
Dr. Anthony Hollenberg is a leading physician-scientist specializing in endocrinology, with a particular focus on the thyroid. He investigates the physiological and molecular underpinnings of metabolism, and the way thyroid hormones regulate metabolism and lipid levels and affect body weight. His well-respected research has received continuous funding from the National Institutes of Health since 1995. He is an editor of Endocrinology, serves on the board of the American Thyroid Association, and is, as well, the Sanford I. Weill Chair of the Department of Medicine at Weill Cornell Medicine and physician-in-chief at New York Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical Center.