Areas of Research Diabetes and Endocrinology

<p>Diabetes and Endocrinology</p>


The Texas Children's Hospital Diabetes and Endocrine Research Program is dedicated to leading cutting-edge, multidisciplinary research to prevent diabetes and endocrine disorders and improve the life and well-being of all youth affected with these diseases.


Our mission is to be at the forefront of advancing scientific knowledge and treatment of endocrine and diabetes disorders through basic, clinical and behavioral research. We are committed to making research accessible to all youth, from birth to young adulthood.

Overview of our Research Efforts

During 2023, Pediatric Diabetes and Endocrinology Division members published 46 articles in peer-reviewed journals, delivered 58 extra-mural presentations, and had 90 IRB-approved research protocols, 37 active studies, and $1,734,00 in research funding.

As part of The Pediatric Diabetes and Endocrinology Research Program at Baylor College of Medicine, our teaching partner, we strive to be at the forefront of medical research in these areas:

  • Understanding how type 1 and type 2 diabetes develop in children
  • Prevention and treatment of type 1 diabetes in children
  • Prevention and treatment of type 2 diabetes in children
  • Improving outcomes of diabetes care in children by medical treatments, diabetes technologies and behavioral interventions
  • Understanding other forms of diabetes in children and developing individualized treatment strategies for them
  • Understanding obesity in children and developing new therapeutics 
  • Disorders of sex development:
    • Diagnosis, treatment, genetics and psychological factors in disorders of sexual development
    • Developing practice guidelines for sexual differentiation disorders
  • New treatment approaches for various endocrine conditions such as Prader-Willi Syndrome and endocrinopathies in cancer survivors
  • Thyroid cancer in children
  • By teaming up with Type 1 Diabetes TrialNet and other leading studies, we're making strides in understanding how type 1 diabetes develops in those at risk, enhancing our knowledge to prevent type 1 diabetes and its progression after diagnosis to ultimately provide better care and management for children and adolescents.
  • Partnering with industry innovators and funders, our research is driving forward advancements in type 1 diabetes technology, enhancing care and quality of life for children and adolescents with the condition.
  • In collaboration with Treatment Options for Type 2 Diabetes in Adolescents & Youth (TODAY) and other esteemed research endeavors, our research is propelling forward the field of pediatric type 2 diabetes, bringing us closer to effective treatments and management strategies for young individuals.
  • By joining forces with the Rare and Atypical Diabetes Network (RADIANT) and other pioneering studies, we're delving into rare and atypical forms of diabetes, laying the groundwork for personalized precision medicine that suits everyone’s unique needs.
  • Leveraging the diversity of our patient community in the Greater Houston Metropolitan Area, our research is shedding light on how race, ethnicity and ancestry impact pediatric diabetes, guiding more inclusive and effective care.
  • Our research findings are pivotal in expanding our understanding of pediatric obesity, with a focus on developing impactful medical treatments for affected youth. Our goal is to provide effective solutions that positively impact the health and well-being of children and adolescents struggling with obesity.
  • We collaborate with our colleagues in the Psychology division in improving behavioral health in children with diabetes and other endocrine diseases. Find out more on the Psychology research page.

The Division of Pediatric Diabetes and Endocrinology is currently recruiting participants for open studies. These include:

Learn More

To learn more about the breadth of the research conducted in the Division of Pediatric Diabetes and Endocrinology, please visit the Baylor College of Medicine Research site.