Endocrinology & Metabolism
Department of Endocrinology & Metabolism, the First Affiliated Hospital of Nanjing Medical University, founded in 1957, is one of the earliest centers for clinical care, teaching and scientific research in the field of endocrine and metabolic diseases in China. It is now recognized as the National Key Clinic Specialty, National Base for Continued Medical Education, National Drug Clinical Verification Institution, Key Clinic Specialty of Jiangsu province, Key Specialty of Endocrine and Metabolic disease in Program for Promotion of Health by Science, Technology and Teaching in Jiangsu Province, Quality Control Center for Endocrine and Metabolic Diseases of Jiangsu Province, Management and Demonstration Institute for Diabetes Education, the Chinese Diabetes Association of the Chinese Medical Association. Our department is also eligible for granting doctoral or master’s degree and postdoctoral study for students from Nanjing Medical University. In the recent comprehensive rankings in the East China, our department ranked the fourth in the endocrine specialty.
We have 35 faculty members in the Department, including 15 professors / chief physicians, 8 associate professors / deputy chief physicians, 3 doctoral tutors, and 13 master tutors. We have two wards with 55 beds in total. The annual outpatient volume is about 150 thousand patients, and more than 4000 patients are discharged each year. We have frequent national and international exchanges. Most of our staff members have experiences of studying aboard.
We are empowered with robust scientific research capability. In the last five years, we have obtained variety of grants including National Key Research Grant for major chronic diseases, Key Project of National Natural Science Foundation, National Natural Science Foundation of the international cooperation project, the National "973" preliminary research project, 21 grants of National Natural Science Foundation, Key Project of Jiangsu Province Science and technology support program and other 22 provincial projects. The total funding amounted to 35 million 160 thousand yuan. In recent 5 years, we have achieved many accomplishments in scientific research winning 9 scientific and technological progress awards of provincial and ministerial level. We have published 94 SCI articles as the first author or correspondent author, 47 Chinese articles in core Chinese journals, and presided over or participated in the compilation of 27 academic monographs.
Dr. Tao Yang
Dr. Tao Yang obtained his Ph.D. in Diabetes and Endocrinology from Nanjing Medical University (2001) and he went to Barbara Davis Center (CO, USA) as a post-doctoral fellow with Dr. John Hutton (2003-2006). He was Associate Professor in Nanjing Medical University 2006-2010 and is currently Professor in Nanjing Medical University and the Chief physician of Department of Endocrinology & Metabolism in the First Affiliated Hospital of Nanjing Medical University. Dr. Yang is Leader of Islets Study Group in Chinese Diabetes Society.
Dr. Yang’s research is focused on the immunotherapy of type 1 diabetes, islets transplantation, the genetic predisposition of type 1 diabetes and the molecular network of pancreatic islet b cell dysfunction. His research group has identified predominant HLA-A2-restricted epitopes of an cell autoantigen, zinc transporter 8, and the finding was further confirmed by other international research teams. After training at Edmonton in Canada, his team carried out the clinical islets transplantation for diabetic patients.
Moreover, according to the results of Genome-Wide Association study in Chinese population (pending publication), his research group is identifying several novel genetic polymorphisms related to the type 1 diabetes and seeking for molecular mechanisms.
Immune diagnosis and immunotherapy technology for type 1 diabetes
Clinical islet transplantation technology
Individualized treatment technology based on islet function for diabetics
Internationally standardized fine needle aspiration techniques for diagnosis of thyroid diseases
Clinical diagnosis for adrenal hypertension
Our Department Covers A Variety of Divisions Including:
Diabetes (type 1, type 2 or Gestational Diabetes Mellitus)
Obesity and dyslipidemia
Pituitary and gonadal diseases
Metabolic bone disease
Pregnancy related endocrine and metabolic diseases
Most of our faculty members have experiences of studying aboard. We actively join in various kinds of international conferences including American Diabetes Association, European Association of Studying Diabetes, International Thyroid Congress, International Endocrine Society etc.