Director's Corner


 A Note from Center Director Dr. Aruni Bhatnagar:

"Diabetes and obesity are the two most significant health threats of our age. These epidemics are spreading at an alarming rate, rapidly eroding recent gains in longevity and adding to the burden of chronic diseases. Obesity decreases lifespan and increases the risk of developing chronic illness such as diabetes, heart disease and cancer. Long-term diabetes leads to nerve and kidney damage and it increases in the risk of heart attack and stroke.

"We approach diabetes and obesity not as disease states with one specific cause, but as outcomes of a larger, more comprehensive dysfunction that profoundly affects all major organs. Our researchers work tirelessly to develop a better understanding of the connection between diabetes and obesity, and how these conditions affect cardiovascular health."

Aruni Bhatnagar, Ph.D., FAHA
Professor of Medicine
Smith & Lucille Gibson Endowed Chair
Distinguished University Scholar