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Clinical Research and Epidemiology in Diabetes and Endocrinology

Todd Brown

  Program Director

  Todd T. Brown, MD, PhD

  Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology
  Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism



Diabetes mellitus has reached epidemic proportions in the US and abroad. Other endocrinologic diseases, like hypothyroidism and osteoporosis are also extraordinarily common. Patient- and population-oriented researchers with expertise in these conditions are urgently required.

With this need in mind, in 2002, we established a training program at Johns Hopkins devoted to clinical and epidemiologic research in diabetes and endocrinology and funded by the National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive, and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK). Ten years later, it remains the only one of its kind in the US. The training program accepts three pre-doctoral students and three post-doctoral fellows per year and leads them to the MHS or PhD in clinical epidemiology or clinical investigation. Thus far, we have successfully trained 22 young scholars (9 pre-docs and 13 post-docs) who have produced over 65 peer-reviewed scientific papers and who hold research positions across the country.

Program Goals

The goals of our training program are:

  1. To recruit a diverse group of top-notch young trainees in endocrinology (post-docs) and epidemiology (pre-docs) from a national pool of talent attracted to Johns Hopkins.
  2. To enroll them in rigorous, thesis-bearing Masters’ and PhD programs in Epidemiology and Clinical Investigation in the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
  3. To expose them to a strong team-oriented, multi-disciplinary clinical and epidemiologic research culture in the Welch Center—the premier educational home for clinical research training at Johns Hopkins.
  4. To guide each trainee to an experienced, NIH-funded mentor who will take responsibility for the successful completion of a significant thesis project.

Program Strengths

The strengths of this program include:

  1. Strong existing diabetes and endocrine research collaborations between the Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism; the Welch Center for Prevention, Epidemiology, and Clinical Research (Welch Center); the School of Public Health; and the School of Nursing
  2. Outstanding thesis-based degree programs in Epidemiology and Clinical Investigation at the School of Public Health
  3. Outstanding clinical expertise in diabetes and endocrine disorders
  4. Seasoned mentors experienced in grooming young scientists for academic careers, and
  5. High-caliber trainees wanting to pursue clinical and epidemiologic research careers related to diabetes and other endocrinology disorders.

Program Strengths

For additional information about the training program, contact:    

Todd T. Brown, MD, PhD
Director, T32 Clinical Research and Epidemiology
in Diabetes and Endocrinology Training Program