Research Experience

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Fellows spend at least 6 months of their 24 month fellowship period in research activity. Fellows may apply for an additional 12 months of research experience after their second year of fellowship. Research opportunities are available at each of the 3 teaching hospitals and can include basic laboratory research, clinical research and other scholarly activity such as retrospective chart reviews or case reports. Research experience can be supported by an NIH Institutional Research Training Grant which the Endocrinology division has held since 1977.

Examples of research and scholarly activity by recent fellows include:

  • Thyroid cancer genetics using random mutagenesis model
  • Randomized trial of NPH insulin use in hospitalized patients with steroid induced hyperglycemia
  • Effects of exercise training on muscle lipid metabolism in sedentary adults
  • Outcomes research - exenatide add on therapy to insulin; incidental adrenal nodules - incidence and evaluation outcomes

Facilities for research at the University of Minnesota include the NIH funded Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute which provides facilities and other support for clinical and translational research, the Stem Cell Institute, the Center for Magnetic Resonance Research, the Masonic Cancer Center and at the VAMC, the Special Diagnostics and Treatment Unit. Basic science research opportunities are also available through the laboratories of faculty in the basic science departments of the Medical School.

Division faculty have a wide range of basic and clinical research interests. The University of Minnesota endocrine division has participated in many recent NIH and VA funded multi-center clinical trials including the DCCT/EDIC trial, ACCORD, BARI2D, Look AHEAD, GRADE and the VADT.