Einstein/Montefiore Department of Medicine

4/2/09: Role of Inflammation on Insulin Resistance and Type 2 Diabetes

Medicine Grand Rounds: The Role of Inflammation on Insulin Resistance and Type 2 Diabetes

Einstein-Montefiore Department of Medicine Grand Rounds

Thursday, April 2, 2009

8:00 am
Einstein, Forchheimer Building, 1st Floor Lecture Hall

12:15 pm
MMC, Cherkasky Auditorium


Image: Jerrold Olefsky, MD

Jerrold Olefsky, MD
Professor of Medicine
Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism
Associate Dean of Scientific Affairs
University of California, San Diego (UCSD)

Dr. Jerrold Olefsky's research laboratory has played major roles in the identification of mechanisms of insulin action, insulin resistance, and the etiology of Type 2 diabetes, leading to new principles relevant to man.

One of Dr. Olefsky’s seminal contributions to the field of medicine has been the identification of the role of insulin resistance as a primary cause of Type II (non-insulin dependent, adult-onset) diabetes, polycystic ovarian syndrome and other human diseases. Dr. Olefsky's research focuses on the molecular mechanisms of insulin and growth factor action in a variety of cell types, with particular emphasis on the insulin signaling pathway leading to stimulation of glucose transport. He has helped define the basic genetic and cellular mechanisms underlying decreased insulin action in human pathophysiological states.

Dr. Olefsky is the author or co-author of over 400 papers, is a member of the Institute of Medicine, and was the 1998 recipient of the American Diabetes Association's Banting Medal for Scientific Achievement.

Dr. Olefsky will also present a research seminar entitled New Mechanisms of Anti-Inflammatory Control Points in Adipocytes and Macrophages on Friday at 9:00 am in the Price Center.

Medicine Grand Rounds this week is hosted by the Division of Endocrinology and is the Harold Rifkin Visiting Professorship.


After attending this activity, participants will be able to:

  1. Understand the role of obesity in mediating insulin release
  2. Understand the role of inflammation in mediating insulin resistance
  3. Understand the relation between obesity and inflammation in human physiology


Albert Einstein College of Medicine designates this educational activity for a maximum of 1 credit towards the AMA Physician’s Recognition Award. Each physician should claim only those credits that he/she actually spent in the educational activity.

Albert Einstein College of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

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