Dr. Ranee Chatterjee, associate professor of medicine (general internal medicine), was honored last week to be one of six researchers from Duke invited to give a presentation during the second annual Duke University School of Medicine Research Week.
The activities of this prestigious research event included the Robert J. Lefkowitz, MD, Distinguished Lecture and a Clinical Keynote Lecture as well as a poster competition. Dr. Chatterjee's presentation was entitled "Diabetes Prevention: A Tale of Two Micronutrients".
As background she told us that she has transitioned from epidemiology into clinical trials, and the research that she presented told two "tales" of a fairly classic progression in clinical research: developing and testing a hypothesis using data from a longitudinal cohort; using those findings for pilot testing to get preliminary effects and effect sizes, and then designing and conducting more definitive large-scale clinical trials.
Her absorption in diabetes prevention actually stemmed from her own clinical work and wanting to keep her patients from developing more severe diabetes and its complications.
Dr. Chatterjee tells us her interest in nutrients stems in part from "my love of eating" but more importantly from frustration with not being able to provide patients with "easy" dietary advice.
"My interest in diabetes prevention stemmed from my clinical work and wanting to keep my patients from developing more severe diabetes and its complications. My interest in nutrients stems in part from my love of eating but more importantly from my frustration with not being able to provide my patients with 'easy' dietary advice! "
Ranee Chatterjee, MD
Her most recent publication is: Chatterjee R et al "Preliminary evidence of effects of potassium chloride on a metabolomic path to diabetes and cardiovascular disease” in Metabolomics, June 2020.
Dr. Chatterjee is associate director of the Primary Care Research Consortium and vice chief of research in the division of general internal medicine. You can learn more about Dr. Chatterjee from this faculty spotlight.