John Baxter, MD and Paul Webb, PhD are focused on studying the thyroid hormone which regulates overall metabolic rate, heart function and cholesterol and triglyceride levels. Elevated levels of the thyroid hormone leads to increases in metabolic rate and associated rapid weight loss, and also improves cholesterol and triglyceride balance – yet may also produce increased heart rate and arrhythmias.
Expect to see a number of exciting findings published in 2007. Also in 2007 – Dr. Baxter will be receiving the Koch Award from the prestigious, international Endocrine Society. This is the society's highest honor and only a small handful of endocrinologists over the past century have been both the president of the society and a Koch Award recipient. [ Koch Award ]