Understanding the Human Body: Science and Medicine
with Dr. Anthony Hollenberg
Offered in partnership with Weill Cornell Medicine
Thursday, January 23, 2020

This master class will explore how scientific research and medical practice work together to help physicians understand and treat the human body, with particular focus on the thyroid. As a physician and a scientist, Dr. Hollenberg regularly moves from the lab bench to the patient’s bedside and back again. He will explain how the two areas of his practice complement each other. At the same time, participants will learn the basic biology of the thyroid, which is his specialty, and how that tiny organ is implicated in metabolic disease and obesity.

Dr. Anthony Hollenberg is a leading physician-scientist specializing in endocrinology, with a particular focus on the thyroid. He investigates the physiological and molecular underpinnings of metabolism and the way thyroid hormones regulate metabolism and lipid levels and affect body weight. His well-respected research has received continuous funding from the National Institutes of Health since 1995. He is an editor of Endocrinology, serves on the board of the American Thyroid Association, and is, as well, the Sanford I. Weill Chair of the Department of Medicine at Weill Cornell Medicine and physician-in-chief at New York Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical Center.









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Photos by Pat Swain.






“The day was extremely valuable to me. I learned a lot more about the thyroid and diabetes and was fascinated by the research being done in the labs. It was an amazing opportunity to be able to actually go into the labs and see some of the research. I also really liked that there were built in opportunities to talk to other teachers about how to bring back what we learned into the classroom.”
Deborah Reich, World View High School


Assigned reading:

Hollenberg, Anthony, and William W. Chin. “Pharmacology of the Thyroid Gland” in Principles of Endocrine Pharmacology. 514-523.

Hollenberg, Anthony, et al. “Regenerative therapy for hypothyroidism: Mechanisms and
Possibilities.” Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology 445 (2017): 35-41.

Rowe, R. Grant, and George Q. Daley, “Induced pluripotent stem cells in disease modelling and drug discovery.” Nature Reviews: Genetics 20 (July 2019), 377-388.


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