David C.W. Lau

Professor

Department of Medicine

Professor

Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Adjunct Professor

Faculty of Kinesiology

Director

Julia McFarlane Diabetes Research Centre

Chair

Diabetes & Endocrine Research Group

Molecular Biology and Disease

M.D. (Doctor of Medicine) B.Sc. (Bachelor of Science) Ph.D. (Doctor of Philosophy)


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My overall research is centered on the paracrine/autocrine, and/or endocrine factors regulating fat cell proliferation and differentiation in health and obesity. The local milieu within each fat depot modulates the influence of circulating hormones, growth factors and cytokines and may play an important role not only in regional fat distribution but also overall body fat content.

Research programs include the characterization of novel adipose-cell derived paracrine/ autocrine factors and genes that influence preadipose cell growth; the positive and negative regulators of adipose tissue growth. Work based on cultured adipocytes and preadipocytes from lean and obese rodents and humans are pursued along the following themes:

1. Characterization of adipose tissue-derived paracrine/autocrine factors that stimulate preadipocyte differentiation and replication including; a) partial identification and characterization of a mature adipocyte-derived paracrine factor that induces preadipocyte differentiation; b) soluble matrices from microvascular endothelial cells induce preadipocyte differentiation; c) adipocyte-derived mitogenic factors that stimulates preadipocyte proliferation;

2. Interplay between dietary and genetic factors on nutrient partitioning & adipose tissue growth.

3. Role of cytokines, nitric oxide and eicosanoids in the positive and negative control of regional and total adipose tissue in insulin resistance and obese states.

Clinical research programs are directed at new drug therapy for diabetes, diabetes-related complications, lipids and obesity.

Research Areas: 

Molecular Biology and Disease

Research Personnel: 

  • Mohammed Abdel-Hafez, M.Sc. Graduate Student
  • Bikramjit Dhillon, Graduate Student
  • Maureen Kennedy, Graduate Student
  • Dr. Honyun Yan, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Fellow
  • Yanfei (Vivian) Wang, Research Assistant

Publications

PubMed