Philosophical Society of Washington

The Role of the Gut, Hormones and the Brain in Obesity

Monica C. Skarulis
National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive and Kidney Diseases

2219th Meeting Abstract
Friday, March 16, 2007 at 8:15 PM


Sixty-five percent of the U.S. population carries extra weight; over 30% are considered obese. The list of medical maladies associated with obesity is long, and obese people have a shorter life expectancy than lean individuals. This lecture will discuss how research is unraveling the complex networks controlling eating behavior and body weight regulation.

Monica C. Skarulis

About the Author:

Monica C. Skarulis is a physician and senior clinical investigator with special training in endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism. She is the director of the Metabolic Core Unit and chief of the Clinical Endocrine Section of the National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive and Kidney Diseases.

She and her colleagues are examining the physiological, hormonal and behavioral traits that lead to obesity, weight loss or relapse. Additionally, she and colleagues conduct research into thyroid function and its effect on metabolism, the neuroendocrinology of sleep and its impact on metabolism and novel treatments of adolescent diabetes resulting from obesity.

As the director of the NIH Inter-Institute Training Program in Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism, she and her colleagues have trained over 120 physician-scientists in the subspecialty of endocrine, diabetes and metabolism in the last eight years. Many graduates conduct independent clinical investigation across the United States and abroad.

Her leadership extends beyond the NIH campus. She is a Commissioned Officer in the U.S. Public Health Service and has participated in past disaster relief efforts.

She has received three commendations from the U.S. Public Health Service. She has been honored with the NIH Director’s Award of Merit and has been recognized for her teaching by NIH fellows and the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences.

She earned her medical degree from New York Medical College. She completed an internship and residency in internal medicine at Cornell University Medical College and an endocrine fellowship at NIH.

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