Division Details

Division Data Summary

Research and Training Details

Number of Faculty14
Number of Research Students1
Number of Support Personnel29
Direct Annual Grant Support$1,220,631
Direct Annual Industry Support$149,455
Peer Reviewed Publications29

Clinical Activities and Training

Number of Clinical Staff50
Number of Clinical Fellows10
Inpatient Encounters3,547
Outpatient Encounters13,419

Division Photo

Group photo of the Division of Endicrinology

Row 1: S Rose, A Shah, D Elder

Row 2: P Stenger, N Yayah-Jones, B Freedman, N Crimmins, S Lawson, J Katz

Row 3: P Backeljauw, D Klein, S Handwerger, L Dolan, M Rutter

Significant Accomplishments

Significant Accomplishments

Etiologic Approach to the Classification of Diabetes

In 1997 the American Diabetes Association presented a framework for the classification of the types of diabetes based on etiology. To date, no one has attempted to operationalize these definitions. To achieve this goal, the SEARCH for Diabetes in Youth Study assessed clinical and biochemical data from 2,291 participants attempting to define diabetes type by etiology. Four main categories were established: autoimmune plus insulin sensitive; autoimmune plus insulin resistant; non-autoimmune insulin sensitive; non-autoimmune insulin resistant. This classification offers researchers and clinicians a practical application of the ADA diagnostic criteria and identifies groups of youth in whom further research studies are required to define their type of diabetes.

Racial Differences in Arterial Stiffness among Youth with Diabetes

Adult studies demonstrate African-Americans with type 2 diabetes (T2D) have an increased risk to develop stroke and myocardial infarction compared to Caucasians. Whether similar racial disparities exist in adolescents to suggest African-American youth with T2D are at increased risk to develop early cardiovascular (CV) complications from T2D is not known. To answer this question, a team led by Amy Shah, MD, recruited 215 youth with T2D (55 percent African-American, 65 percent female) in a cross-sectional study and measured arterial stiffness, a known precursor atherosclerosis. They found compared to age and BMI matched Caucasians, African-Americans adolescents with T2D had increased arterial stiffness. Additionally, the investigators demonstrated the CV risk factors that were associated with arterial stiffness differed among the two race groups. In Caucasians, blood pressure appeared to be the largest risk factor contributing to arterial stiffness while in African-Americans age was the largest contributor. Other important risk factors that differed among groups were lipids and T2D duration. These findings suggest that race-specific risk factor modification approaches should be considered to limit future CV complications associated with T2D.

Regulation of Human Placental Development

Little is known about the transcription factors (TFs) and signaling molecules that are critical for the differentiation of placenta stem cells (cytotrophoblast cells (CTB)) to mature syncytiotrophoblast cells (STB). These cells, which form of the outer layer of placenta villi, are responsible for most functions of the mature placenta, including the synthesis and secretion of hormones and growth factors that modulate fetal growth and development and the transport of nutrients and gases between the maternal and fetal circulations. Recent studies by Stuart Handwerger, MD, and colleagues have demonstrated that the TFs TFAP2A, NR2F2 and FOXF1 are critical for the differentiation of human CTB to a STB phenotype. Binding sites for the TFs were detected on the promoter regions of many genes induced during CTB differentiation; and overexpression of the TFs induced the expression of many of the up-regulated genes. Moreover, silencing of the genes for the three TFs with lentiviruses expressing shRNAs for the factors attenuated CTB differentiation. Immunohistochemical analysis of human placenta sections from normal and pathologic pregnancies have so far demonstrated that AP-2α expression is suppressed in mild preeclampsia (PE), diabetes, hypertension and fetal growth retardation and increased in severe PE. Studies with NR2F2 and FOXF1 are in progress. Taken together, these studies provide important new insights into the pathophysiology of abnormal placenta development.

Division Publications

Division Publications

  1. Backeljauw PF, Chernausek SD. The insulin-like growth factors and growth disorders of childhood. Endocrinol Metab Clin North Am. 2012; 41:265-82.
  2. Bingham NC, Rose SR, Inge TH. Bariatric surgery in hypothalamic obesity. Front Endocrinol (Lausanne). 2012; 3:23.
  3. Dabelea D, Pihoker C, Talton JW, D'Agostino RB, Jr., Fujimoto W, Klingensmith GJ, Lawrence JM, Linder B, Marcovina SM, Mayer-Davis EJ, Imperatore G, Dolan LM. Etiological approach to characterization of diabetes type: the SEARCH for Diabetes in Youth Study. Diabetes Care. 2011; 34:1628-33.
  4. Edwards NM, Daniels SR, Claytor RP, Khoury PR, Dolan LM, Kimball TR, Urbina EM. Physical activity is independently associated with multiple measures of arterial stiffness in adolescents and young adults. Metabolism. 2012; 61:869-72.
  5. Elder DA, Herbers PM, Weis T, Standiford D, Woo JG, D'Alessio DA. beta-Cell Dysfunction in Adolescents and Adults with Newly Diagnosed Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus. J Pediatr. 2012; 160:904-10.
  6. Elding Larsson H, Vehik K, Bell R, Dabelea D, Dolan L, Pihoker C, Knip M, Veijola R, Lindblad B, Samuelsson U, Holl R, Haller MJ. Reduced prevalence of diabetic ketoacidosis at diagnosis of type 1 diabetes in young children participating in longitudinal follow-up. Diabetes Care. 2011; 34:2347-52.
  7. Guilfoyle SM, Crimmins NA, Hood KK. Blood glucose monitoring and glycemic control in adolescents with type 1 diabetes: meter downloads versus self-report. Pediatr Diabetes. 2011; 12:560-6.
  8. Herzer M, Vesco A, Ingerski LM, Dolan LM, Hood KK. Explaining the family conflict-glycemic control link through psychological variables in adolescents with type 1 diabetes. J Behav Med. 2011; 34:268-74.
  9. Hilliard ME, Guilfoyle SM, Dolan LM, Hood KK. Prediction of adolescents' glycemic control 1 year after diabetes-specific family conflict: the mediating role of blood glucose monitoring adherence. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2011; 165:624-9.
  10. Hilliard ME, Herzer M, Dolan LM, Hood KK. Psychological screening in adolescents with type 1 diabetes predicts outcomes one year later. Diabetes Res Clin Pract. 2011; 94:39-44.
  11. Hood KK, Rausch JR, Dolan LM. Depressive symptoms predict change in glycemic control in adolescents with type 1 diabetes: rates, magnitude, and moderators of change. Pediatr Diabetes. 2011; 12:718-23.
  12. Katz JD, Janssen EM. Breaking T cell tolerance to beta cell antigens by merocytic dendritic cells. Cell Mol Life Sci. 2011; 68:2873-83.
  13. Khoury JC, Dolan LM, Vandyke R, Rosenn B, Feghali M, Miodovnik M. Fetal development in women with diabetes: imprinting for a life-time?. J Matern Fetal Neonatal Med. 2012; 25:11-4.
  14. Merchant TE, Rose SR, Bosley C, Wu S, Xiong X, Lustig RH. Growth hormone secretion after conformal radiation therapy in pediatric patients with localized brain tumors. J Clin Oncol. 2011; 29:4776-80.
  15. Nommsen-Rivers LA, Dolan LM, Huang B. Timing of stage II lactogenesis is predicted by antenatal metabolic health in a cohort of primiparas. Breastfeed Med. 2012; 7:43-9.
  16. Patton SR, Dolan LM, Smith LB, Thomas IH, Powers SW. Pediatric parenting stress and its relation to depressive symptoms and fear of hypoglycemia in parents of young children with type 1 diabetes mellitus. J Clin Psychol Med Settings. 2011; 18:345-52.
  17. Patton SR, Midyett LK, Dolan LM, Powers SW. A comparison of average daily risk range scores for young children with type 1 diabetes mellitus using continuous glucose monitoring and self-monitoring data. Diabetes Technol Ther. 2012; 14:239-43.
  18. Rausch JR, Hood KK, Delamater A, Shroff Pendley J, Rohan JM, Reeves G, Dolan L, Drotar D. Changes in treatment adherence and glycemic control during the transition to adolescence in type 1 diabetes. Diabetes Care. 2012; 35:1219-24.
  19. Rohan JM, Delamater A, Pendley JS, Dolan L, Reeves G, Drotar D. Identification of self-management patterns in pediatric type 1 diabetes using cluster analysis. Pediatr Diabetes. 2011; 12:611-8.
  20. Rose SR, Rutter MM, Mueller R, Harris M, Hamon B, Bulluck AF, Smith FO. Bone mineral density is normal in children with Fanconi anemia. Pediatr Blood Cancer. 2011; 57:1034-8.
  21. Schroeder JK, Kessler CA, Handwerger S. Critical role for TWIST1 in the induction of human uterine decidualization. Endocrinology. 2011; 152:4368-76.
  22. Shah AS, Dolan LM, D'Agostino RB, Jr., Standiford D, Davis C, Testaverde L, Pihoker C, Daniels SR, Urbina EM. Comparison of mercury and aneroid blood pressure measurements in youth. Pediatrics. 2012; 129:e1205-10.
  23. Shah AS, Dolan LM, Gao Z, Kimball TR, Urbina EM. Racial differences in arterial stiffness among adolescents and young adults with type 2 diabetes. Pediatr Diabetes. 2012; 13:170-5.
  24. Sontag-Padilla LM, Dorn LD, Tissot A, Susman EJ, Beers SR, Rose SR. Executive functioning, cortisol reactivity, and symptoms of psychopathology in girls with premature adrenarche. Dev Psychopathol. 2012; 24:211-23.
  25. Sung V, Beebe DW, Vandyke R, Fenchel MC, Crimmins NA, Kirk S, Hiscock H, Amin R, Wake M. Does sleep duration predict metabolic risk in obese adolescents attending tertiary services? A cross-sectional study. Sleep. 2011; 34:891-8.
  26. Tissot A, Dorn LD, Rotenstein D, Rose SR, Sontag-Padilla LM, Jillard CL, Witchel SF, Berga SL, Loucks TL, Beers SR. Neuropsychological functioning in girls with premature adrenarche. J Int Neuropsychol Soc. 2012; 18:151-6.
  27. Tosson H, Rose SR. Absence of mutation in coding regions of CYP2R1 gene in apparent autosomal dominant vitamin D 25-hydroxylase deficiency rickets. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2012; 97:E796-801.
  28. Tosson H, Rose SR, Gartner LA. Description of children with 45,X/46,XY karyotype. Eur J Pediatr. 2012; 171:521-9.
  29. Urbina EM, Gao Z, Khoury PR, Martin LJ, Dolan LM. Insulin resistance and arterial stiffness in healthy adolescents and young adults. Diabetologia. 2012; 55:625-31.

Faculty, Staff, and Trainees

Faculty Members

Stuart Handwerger, MD, Professor
Leadership Professor of Cancer and Cell Biology
Research Interests Growth and thyroid disorders; perinatal endocrinology
Philippe Backeljauw, MD, Professor
Leadership Director, Cincinnati Turner Syndrome Center
Research Interests Growth disorders; disorders of bone and calcium metabolism; Turner Syndrome
Nancy Crimmins, MD, Assistant Professor
Research Interests Diabetes; obesity
Lawrence M Dolan, MD, Professor
Leadership Division Director, Robert and Mary Shoemaker Professor of Pediatrics
Research Interests Diabetes mellitus; non-insulin dependent diabetes; sexual development disorders; growth disorders; disorders of the thyroid; goiters; hypoglycemia
Deborah Elder, MD, Assistant Professor
Research Interests Diabetes; growth disorders; precocious puberty; calcium disorders
Jonathan Katz, PhD, Associate Professor
Leadership Director, Diabetes Research Center
David J Klein, MD, PhD, Associate Professor
Research Interests Diabetes mellitus; intensive diabetes management programs; early detection of renal disease; effects of diabetes mellitus on renal proteoglycan synthesis
Susan Rose, MD, Professor
Research Interests Hypothalamic pituitary function; thyroid disorders; disorders of growth or puberty; endocrine function in cancer survivors; endocrine function after head injury
Meilan Rutter, MD, Assistant Professor
Research Interests Calcium disorders; endocrine function in childhood cancer survivors; endocrine function in muscular dystrophy
Peggy Stenger, DO, Assistant Professor
Research Interests Growth disorders; disorders of sexual development; pubertal disorders; disorders of the thyroid; goiter
Nana-Hawa Yayah Jones, MD, Assistant Professor
Research Interests Adherence/compliance in type 1 diabetes
Iris Gutmark-Little, MD, Assistant Professor
Research Interests Airway and great vessel disorders in Turner syndrome
Sarah Lawson, MD, Assistant Professor
Research Interests Turner syndrome; Septo-optic dysplasia; endocrine abnormalities related to oncology and its treatments
Amy Shah, MD, Assistant Professor
Research Interests Type 2 diabetes; pre-diabetes; insulin resistance; obesity; lipid disorders

Joint Appointment Faculty Members

Jessica Woo, PhD, Assistant Professor (Epidemiology)

Division Collaboration

Reproductive Sciences » S.K. Dey, MD and Sanjoy Das, PhD
Neonatology & Pulmonary Biology » Cindy Bachurski, PhD, Jeffrey Whitsett, MD, and Alexander Lange, PhD
Biomedical Informatics » Bruce Aronow, PhD and Anil Jegga, MS, DVM
Pathology » Jerzy Stanek, MD, PhD and Rachel Sheridan, PhD
Molecular and Developmental Biology » James Wells, PhD
Healthworks; Preventive Cardiology; Gastroenterology » Holly Ippisch, MD, Robert Siegel, MD, and Stavra Xanthakos, MD, MS
Center for Better Health and Nutrition clinical collaboration
Center for Adherence in Psychiatry » Denny Drotar, PhD and Korey Hood, PhD
Pulmonary » Gary McPhail, MD

Impaired Fasting Glucose and Indeterminant Glucose Tolerance in a Cystic Fibrosis Population (Two and Four Year Clinical Outcomes)

Blood Glucose Monitoring in the hospitalized patient with Cystic Fibrosis - Validation of the expert opinion using Continuous Glucose Monitoring

Solid Organ Transplantation » John Bucuvalas, MD
Screening and Management of Diabetes in youths with solid organ transplantation
Adolescent Medicine » Jennifer Hillman, MD, MS
Diagnosis, screening for comorbidities and management of Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome across three disciplines within an academic hospital
General Pediatrics » Maria Britto, MD, MPH
ICU » Derek Wheeler, MD
Pharmacy » Anne Lesko, PharmD and Shannon Saldana, PharmD, MS, BCPP
Adolescent Gyn, Urology, Genetics » Lesley Breech, MD, Curtis Sheldon, MD, Shumyle Alam, MD, Pramod Reddy, MD, and Howard Saal, MD

Clinical collaboration - Disorders of Sexual Development Clinic

(Cincinnati Disorders of Sex Development Center)

Gastroenterology » Lee Denson, MD
Study of the effects of growth hormone on patients with Crohn's disease
Emergency Medicine » Mike Gittelman, MD and Wendy Pomerantz, MD
Injury prevention project (RWJ sponsored) in an obesity prevention project in an area experiencing health disparities
Psychiatry » Michael Sorter, MD and Mary Matias-Akhtar, MD
Project to see if Metformin given at the initiation of anti-psychotic treatment can prevent weight accretion, which occurs commonly in children on these agents
Rheumatology » Hermine Brunner, MD
NIH funded grant of Triptorelin therapy in lupus patients
Hematology Oncology » Richard Harris, MD, Stella Davies, MD, Parinda Mehta, MD, and Karen Burns, MD

Funded study of oxandrolone therapy in children with Fanconi Anemia

Research, database, and multicenter care of patients with Fanconi Anemia and other bone marrow failure syndromes

Mayerson Center » Kathi Makoroff, MD
Pfizer funded study shaken infants
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation » Linda Michaud, MD
Pfizer funded study of endocrine function after traumatic brain injury
Neurology » Brenda Wong, MD and James Collins, MD

IGF-I therapy and muscle function in Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy research study

Research, database and interdisciplinary team care of patients with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

Cardiology » Elaine Urbina, MD, Thomas Kimball, MD, and John Morrison, PhD

Clinical management protocol for cardiac disease in Turner syndrome

The epidemiology of peripheral cardiovascular disease in youth with a specific emphasis on the role of obesity, insulin resistance and diabetes

The epidemiology of central (heart) cardiovascular disease in youth with a specific emphasis on the role of obesity, insulin resistance and diabetes

The ability of pre-teen variables to predict the development of obesity, insulin resistance, diabetes and cardiovascular disease

Epidemiology and Biostatistics » Lisa Martin, PhD, Jane Khoury, PhD, Jessica Woo, PhD, and Heidi Sucharew, PhD

Contribution of genetics to obesity in adolescents

The effect of maternal type 1 diabetes on adolescents and young adult offspring with a focus on obesity and carbohydrate metabolism

Creation of clinical database for the Comprehensive Weight Management Center

Contribution to collaborative research in Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

Psychology and Behavioral Medicine » Scott Powers, PhD
Eating behaviors in individuals 16 years of age with type 1 diabetes
Surgery » Thomas Inge, MD, PhD

Bariatric surgery in youth: safety, efficacy, and effect on carbohydrate and cardiovascular outcomes

International Hypothalamic Obesity Registry

Grants, Contracts, and Industry Agreements

Division Grants

Grant and Contract AwardsAnnual Direct

Bingham, N

Effect of High Fat Diet on Hypothalamic Microglia

Crimmins, N

Type 1 Diabetes TrialNet

Dolan, L

Air Pollution, Subclinical CVD and Inflammatory Markers in the SEARCH Cohort
R01 ES 01916809/27/11-06/30/15$16,137
SEARCH for Diabetes in Youth, Phase 3: Registry Study
U18 DP 00270909/30/10-09/29/15$409,298
T1D Exchange Registry

Handwerger, S

Transcriptional Control of Human Placental Differentiation
R01 HD 06533902/01/11-01/31/16$216,358

Howell, J

Incretin Expression and Regional Pattering in Human Pluripotent Stem Cell Derived Intestine

Katz, J

Dissecting Dendritic Cell Function in Autoimmune Diabetes
R01 DK 07817908/01/09-07/31/14$213,172

Katz, J / Hildeman, D

Control of Diabetes by Manipulation of Bc12 Family Members
R01 DK 08117507/01/11-06/30/15$125,000

Katz, J / Janssen, E

Dendritic Cells in the Breaking of Peripheral Tolerance in Type 1 Diabetes
R01 CA 13861709/10/10-08/31/13$$115,121

Rutter, M

DMD Insulin Growth Factor-1
IGF Drug Only

Sisley, S

Center for Environmental Genetics New Investigator Scholar
P30 ES 00609604/01/11-02/28/12$4,500
CNS NFkappaB Regulation of Glucose Homeostasis
F32 DK 09107707/01/11-06/30/13$59,582
Current Year Direct$1,220,631
Industry Contracts

Backeljauw, P


Klein, D


Lawson, S



Current Year Direct Receipts$149,455