Ralph DeFronzo, MD is Professor of Medicine, University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio, USA . He is a leading expert on diabetes. Dr DeFronzo has been confirmed as a speaker at the upcoming conference Targeting Metabesity 2021. This is an important global event which will be held virtually from 11 – 14th October 2021.
Why Targeting Metabesity 2021
The health and quality of life of billions of humans and trillions of dollars in savings opportunity are at stake.
- Focusing on chronic (not just acute) diseases
- Shifting the spotlight beyond treatment to prevention
- Going beyond disease-by-disease treatments to prevention of multiple diseases by addressing common root causes
- Shifting from addressing diseases to extending healthy lifespan—healthspan
About the specialist
Dr. Ralph DeFronzo is the Professor of Medicine and Chief of the Diabetes Division at the University of Texas Health Science Center and the Deputy Director of the Texas Diabetes Institute, San Antonio, Texas.
A leader in diabetes
Dr. DeFronzo is a leader in the diabetes field. He is responsible for many of the advances achieved in diabetes over the last 50 years, including developing the concept of insulin resistance, leading the US development of metformin, and discovering a new approach to diabetes treatment that targets glucose reabsorption in the kidneys. His most recent work, along with Dr. Bruno Doiron, has led to a possible cure for diabetes in mice and is being developed for studies in larger animals.
Research into insulin resistance will be a theme at the conference
His major interests focus on the pathogenesis and treatment of T2D and the central role of insulin resistance in the metabolic-cardiovascular cluster of disorders known collectively as the Insulin Resistance Syndrome. Using the euglycemic insulin clamp technique in combination with radioisotope turnover methodology, limb catheterization, indirect calorimetry, and muscle biopsy, he has helped to define the biochemical and molecular disturbances responsible for insulin resistance in T2D.
Dr. DeFronzo graduated from Yale University with a degree in biology and biochemistry, followed by Harvard Medical School with further studies in endocrinology and nephrology. He holds the Joe R. & Teresa Lozano Long Distinguished Chair in Diabetes in the Long School of Medicine at UT Health San Antonio, where he has been on the faculty since 1988. He has received numerous awards, including the Harold Hamm International Prize for Biomedical Research in Diabetes (2017), the Novartis Award at the Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Diabetes Association (ADA) as the outstanding clinical investigator worldwide (2005), and the Albert Renold Award from the ADA for the training of more than 200 young diabetes investigators (2002). He is the author of 750 publications dating back to 1967.
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About The Kitalys Institute
The not-for-profit Kitalys Institute was founded expressly to identify roadblocks to healthy longevity and catalyze solutions to overcome them. Kitalys organizes the annual Targeting Metabesity Conference to bring together the diversity of stakeholders necessary to tackle and solve these challenges. This widely acclaimed conference, first held in London in 2017 and subsequently in Washington DC. It has attracted members of the US Congress and UK Parliament, NIH, FDA, and National Academy of Medicine, top researchers in gero-science, diabetes, cancer, and other chronic diseases, leaders of both established and emerging health product companies and capital markets, and consumer advocates.