Dr. Janet Funk to Launch Return of ‘Endocrinology Grand Rounds’

A new Endocrinology Grand Round lecture series will begin Sept. 13 with Janet Funk, MD, as the initial presenter on the theme, “The Pharmacognosy of Turmeric: Harnessing Nature to Protect Bone.”

The grand rounds for the UA Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism were dormant for some time and are now being revived by Larry Mandarino, PhD, who started in April as the division chief. These monthly lectures are held in conjunction with the new UA Health Sciences Center for Disparities in Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism, of which Dr. Mandarino is also the director.

Please click here (or the image at left) to learn more about the topic for the speaker at the next Endocrinology Grand Rounds, Jennifer A. Teske, PhD, an assistant professor in the UA Department of Nutritional Science.

“The recent expansion of the Division of Endocrinology to include research as well as clinical faculty offers new opportunities,” Dr. Mandarino said. “The broad area of endocrinology, coupled with diabetes, obesity and metabolism, includes a wide spectrum of interests that we believe not only endocrinologists but also researchers and clinicians in Physiology, Biochemistry, Cell Biology, Cardiovascular Diseases, Gastroenterology, Nephrology and other divisions and departments would find of interest. These Endocrine Grand Rounds will feature topics related to all aspects of general endocrinology, diabetes, obesity, and metabolism. Talks will include both clinically-oriented and research-intensive topics.”

The first lecture will be in COM Room 6120 and, for other months, Room 5403 has been reserved. The series will occur on the second Tuesday of the month through May 2017, between 3 and 4 p.m. (immediately prior to a divisional faculty meeting), with a break during summer months. Look for future communications on the exact time and room as the lectures may move around a bit until a more consistent site can be locked in, Dr. Mandarino said.

Dr. Mandarino has established a committee to solicit faculty for speaking engagements from across the UA Health Sciences and beyond. The first few may focus more on local speakers, as well as potential speakers from the Phoenix area. The committee, in addition to Dr. Mandarino, includes Charisse Te, MD; Juan Galvez, MD; Dawn Coletta, PhD, all with the Division of Endocrinology, and Yann Klimentidis, PhD, an assistant professor with the UA Mel & Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health’s Epidemiology and Biostatistics Department.

“Our goal is to get visiting scholars.  We will have local folks first due to scheduling. Dr. Funk will be our first speaker,” Dr. Coletta said.

Look for updates and event listings coming soon with the latest information.

Release Date: 
09/06/2016 - 3:45pm