Center for Metabolic Health

The Joan and Sanford I. Weill Center for Metabolic Health works towards its goal of better understanding the basic biology and genetics of diabetes, obesity and metabolic disease, and then translating new discoveries into therapeutic approaches. Center investigators use stem cells, cellular and molecular biology, genetics, proteomics, biorepositories and nutritional research to learn about the molecular underpinnings of these diseases, while encouraging behavioral changes to enhance health.

The Weill Center for Metabolic Health aims to become an internationally recognized hub for scientific discovery in metabolism, delivering clinical, translational and molecular breakthroughs in the pathogenesis and treatment of metabolic disease


Our Director

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Recruited from the University of Massachusetts Medical School, Dr. Laura Alonso joined the Weill Department of Medicine in 2019 as Chief of the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism and as Director of the Weill Center for Metabolic Health. She is an elected member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation, a leading physician-scientist in the field of endocrinology, and an authority on the basic biology of pancreatic beta cell regeneration.

Our Kickoff Event

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On September 22, 2021, the Joan and Sanford I. Weill Center for Metabolic Health officially opened with introductory comments by Dr. Laura Alonso, the Center’s Director and Chief of the Division of Endocrinology, Metabolism and Diabetes, Dr. Tony Hollenberg, Chair, Weill Department of Medicine, and Dean Augustine Choi, Dean of WCM. Also in attendance were Dr. Lou Aronne, Director of the Comprehensive Weight Control Center, and a vaccinated, masked and socially distanced room full of enthusiastic members.