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Society For Endocrinology Early Career Grant

Oxfordshire Health Services Research Committee (OHSRC) Research Grant

Catriona Hilton


Academic Clinical Lecturer, Honorary Specialist Registrar in Diabetes and Endocrinology

I am a postdoctoral researcher within the Metabolic Research Group at the Oxford Centre for Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism (OCDEM). My research interest is the relationship between iron metabolism and body fat distribution.

Obesity is common and is a risk factor for diseases like type 2 diabetes and heart disease. Where a person stores their fat is just as important as how much fat they have. Storing fat around the middle is a strong risk factor for type 2 diabetes and heart disease, whilst storing fat on the lower body is protective. I am interested in what causes different people to store fat in different places. Erythroferrone is a protein that controls the absorption of dietary iron from the gut. I am exploring whether it also regulates body fat distribution.

Before I started this project I completed a DPhil within the same group. I investigated small molecules called microRNA and how they affect body fat distribution in humans. Alongside my research I work as a doctor in Diabetes and Endocrinology.

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