EM1901E "Adipose Tissue in Health and Disease: Why Should We Care?” (IM GR-012519)

Purpose & Overview: To discuss and explain the underlying mechanisms responsible for the development of diabetes and the underlying pathophysiological changes in adipose tissue. The adipocyte is a major endocrine cell whose contribution to systemic carbohydrate and lipid homeostasis are frequently underestimated.

Target Audience

UT Southwestern faculty, fellows, residents and medical students, community physicians, nurse clinicians, physician assistants and nurses.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, the participant should be able to:

  • Know about the role of adipocyte-derived factors in insulin sensitivity and lipid metabolism
  • Gain insights into the mechanisms of local adipose tissue dysfunction in obesity and its impact on lipid metabolism.
  • Interpret cellular aspects of contributions of adipocytes to systemic lipid homeostasis.
Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 AMA
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Photo: Philipp Scherer, Ph.D.Philipp Scherer, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Internal Medicine
Director, Touchstone Diabetes Center

Philipp Scherer is Professor and Director of the Touchstone Diabetes Center at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas. He obtained his Ph.D. at the Biocenter of the University of Basel, Switzerland, post-doctoral fellow at the Whitehead Institute at MIT in Cambridge, MA. Throughout his career, he has maintained an interest in processes related to cellular and systemic energy homeostasis. Current efforts in his laboratory are focused on the identification and physiological characterization of novel proteins that serve as potential links between the adipocyte, kidney, liver, the pancreatic beta cell and the processes of whole body energy homeostasis and inflammation.

Available Credit

  • 1.00 AMA


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