TUC: A Hub for Specialized Research on Human Metabolism

August 29, 2014

Two National Institute of Health (NIH) grants were awarded to Touro University California (TUC) in the span of just one week, driving TUC as a leading center for research. 

Earlier this week, Dr. Jean-Marc Schwarz (TUC) and Dr. Peter Havel (UC Davis) were awarded a 5-year, $3.75 million R01 grant to investigate the effects of excess sugar when consumed with an energy-balanced diet that prevents weight gain, and compare these effects to when excess sugar is consumed with a diet that can cause weight gain. The results will determine whether excess sugar consumption and excess caloric intake that lead to weight gain have independent and additive effects on risk factors for cardiovascular disease or diabetes, and will have the potential to influence dietary guidelines and public health policy. 

On Thursday, the University was informed of a second award to Drs. Jean-Marc Schwarz (TUC), Alejandro Gugliucci (TUC), Robert Lustig (UCSF), and Susan Noworolski (UCSF). This grant is a supplement to a current 5-year NIH R01 grant that studies the effects of sugar restriction in children and its impact on their liver fat (which predisposes to diabetes) and cardiovascular risk. 

The continuous support of these very productive interactions of TUC with the University of California shows the strengths and opportunities that the TUC core metabolism team has for an exponential growth of Touro’s contribution to medicine. With the advent of a research clinic facility that will be developed in Building H89 on our campus, we are poised to be a hub for clinical research in human metabolism that will contribute to answer critical questions in obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular risk. 

The TUC metabolism team has received funding from the NIH in this field for the last seven years.