Einstein/Montefiore Department of Medicine

5-6-10: Medicine Grand Rounds

The New Biology of Diabetes 

Einstein-Montefiore Department of Medicine Grand Rounds and Rifkin Professorship Lecture

Thursday, May 6, 2010

8:00 am
First Floor Lecture Hall, Forchheimer/Einstein

12:15 pm
Cherkasky Auditorium, Moses/Montefiore

Image: Domenico Acilli, MD, PhD


Domenico Acilli, MD, PhD
Professor of Medicine, Columbia University
Attending Physician, Columbia-Presbyterian Hospital
Director, Columbia University Diabetes and Endocrinology Research Center


Dr. Domenico Accili is best known for his research on the pathophysiology of type-2 diabetes, the integrated physiology of insulin action, and mechanisms of pancreatic beta cell turnover. His interest in pancreatic development stems from studies in his laboratory on the mechanisms of beta cell failure in diabetes. Dr. Accili’s laboratory has identified a family of DNA binding proteins that regulate the response to insulin and glucose in many cell types, including pancreatic beta cells.


Dr. Accili has received numerous awards for his work, including the 2003 Lilly Award for Outstanding Scientific Achievement by the American Diabetes Association. His work has been published in over 100 peer-reviewed articles in scientific journals. Dr. Accili currently serves as an Associate Editor of the Journal of Clinical Investigation. He is a member of several advisory panels, including the NIH Beta Cell Biology Consortium and the Special Statutory Funding for Type 1 Diabetes.

A graduate of the University of Rome School of Medicine in Italy, Dr. Accili trained in Medicine at the University Hospital “Gemelli”, also in Rome. Following a Fogarty Fellowship in the Diabetes Branch of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, he became Chief of the Section on Genetics and Hormone Action of the National Institute of Child Health at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. Since 1999, he has served on the faculty at Columbia University. 

This grand rounds is hosted by the Division of Endocrinology.


After attending this activity, participants will be able to:

  1. Summarize the status of diabetes research with regard to mechanisms of peripheral insulin resistance and pancreatic beta cell failure
  2. Summarize current understanding of the biochemical, cell biological, and genetic mechanisms of insulin action


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.

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