Regulation of intercellular communication in the heart, gene expression during macrophage activation
Characterization and Enhancement of Bone/Cartilage Transplantation Systems, Outcomes in Cleft and Craniofacial Surgery
My research focuses on the psychosocial issues that affect patients with diabetes and those at risk for diabetes. I have developed and tested effective and practical interventions for patients with diabetes, those at risk, and their partners, to help them achieve better physical health (e.g., control of blood sugar, weight) and quality of life. I have also studied the relationship between depression/anxiety and diabetes outcomes. My current NIH-funded project follows young adults with type 2 diabetes to better understand factors that affect medication adherence and healthcare usage, to design more effective behavioral interventions for this vulnerable group.
Neuronal mechanisms of visual perception, studied through physiological, anatomical and functional imaging techniques.
Secondary conditions of cerebral palsy in adults. Health promotion effect on adults with disabilities, including assessment of a health resource model for persons with disabilities.
Regulation of cell migration by focal adhesion adapter proteins and their role in cancer cell metastasis.