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The Role of the Gut, Hormones
and the Brain in Obesity

Monica Skarulis, M.D., CDR, USPHS
Acting Director, NIH Intramural Obesity Research Initiative
Chief, Clinical Endocrine Section, Clinical Endocrinology Branch
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases


Tuesday, October 17, 2006
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Dr. Monica C. Skarulis is a physician and senior clinical investigator with special training in endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism. She is the acting director of the NIH Intramural Obesity Research Initiative and chief of the clinical endocrine section of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.

Dr. Skarulis and colleagues are examining the physiological, hormonal and behavioral traits that lead to obesity, weight loss or relapse. Additionally, Dr. Skarulis conducts research into thyroid function and is studying related diseases and disorders, including hyperthyroidism and thyroid cancer. She also recruits and trains future generations of clinician-researchers as director of the NIH Inter-Institute Training Program in Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism.

Her leadership extends beyond the NIH campus. She is a commander in the U.S. Public Health Service and last year participated in Hurricane Katrina relief efforts.

Dr. Skarulis has received three commendations from the U.S. Public Health Service. She has been honored with the NIH Director’s Award of Merit and has been recognized for her teaching by NIH fellows and the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences.

Dr. Skarulis earned her medical degree from New York Medical College. She completed an internship and residency in internal medicine at Cornell University Medical College and an endocrine fellowship at NIH.

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