Diabetes, Obesity & Metabolism Research

The Studies

Diabetes, obesity, fatty liver disease, and atherosclerosis are among the most common, costly, and preventable of all health problems, and mainly due to dysregulation of lipid, glucose or energy metabolism. Metabolic dysregulation may cause a number of other chronic diseases and conditions. The researchers also aim to build a collaborative internationally-recognized Center of Excellence for fundamental and translational research in diabetes, obesity and metabolism.

The Statistics


More than 30 million people in the U.S. have diabetes.

No. 1

By 2030, non-alcoholic steatohepatitis will be the No. 1 reason for liver transplants in the U.S.


Obesity prevalence in the United States in 2017-18, according to the CDC.

The Successes

  • Uncovered novel pathogenic mechanisms of NAFLD and atherosclerosis
  • Identified novel targets for treatment of NAFLD, atherosclerosis, and obesity
  • Identified novel mechanisms of bile acid regulation
  • Discovered novel roles that non-lipid factors play in vessel blockage
  • Dr. Chiang is a recipient of a prestigious Merit Award from NIDDK

The Scientists

Researchers within this area have expertise in studying bile acid, glucose, lipid and lipoprotein metabolism.

The Stories


Yanqiao Zhang, M.D.
Director, Diabetes, Obesity & Metabolism Research Focus Area
Phone: 330.325.6693
Email:  yzhang@neomed.edu

Diabetes, Obesity & Metabolism Research

Research at NEOMED