Chair of the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s (UAB) Department of Nutrition Sciences and Director and Principal Investigator of the UAB Diabetes Research Center since 2008, Dr. Timothy Garvey has extensive experience in the academic health sciences as a scientist, administrative leader and an educator.
Dr. Garvey has received international recognition for his research in the metabolic, molecular and genetic pathogenesis of insulin resistance, type 2 diabetes and obesity. His studies have involved the cellular and molecular biology of cell and animal models, metabolic investigations of human subjects on metabolic research wards, and the genetic basis of diseases in populations. He has brought basic technology directly to the study of human patients, and the combined approach of human physiology, genetics, and basic cell and molecular biology has provided his lab with flexible and powerful capability for hypothesis testing relevant to human disease.
He performed his residency in internal medicine and fellowship in endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) and Joslin Diabetes Center (JDC). His postdoctoral research with internationally recognized researcher Dr. C. Ronald Kahn focused on insulin receptor signaling and brown adipose tissue development.
Since 1987, Dr. Garvey has directed an independent supported by the National Institutes of Health (National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases/National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute), the Department of Veterans Affairs, the American Heart Association, the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation International, the American Diabetes Association and other agencies.
Dr. Garvey also has a solid track record for training pre- and post-doctoral fellows, and at his prior institution, the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC), was the director and initiator of the MUSC/HBCU Partners in Wellness, a program in community health at six historically black colleges and universities in South Carolina intended to challenge minority students towards careers in the health professions.
Recently, he was awarded the Graduate Dean’s Award for Excellence in Mentorship for 2011, an award given based on the nominations of students, past and present.
He serves or has served on the editorial boards of Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, Metabolic Syndrome and Related Disorders, Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences and Cardiorenal Medicine. He has served as a member of the Publications Committee of the American Diabetes Association (2009-Present) and Chair, Scientific and Medical Meetings Oversight Committee, American Diabetes Association, (2007-2008). Dr. Garvey is a member of the NIH College of CSR Reviewers, 2010 – 2012: includes stage 1 reviews for Director’s Challenge Grants RFA-OD-10-005, May, 2010, and he is a reviewer for the American Federation for Aging Research (AFAR), Southeast Affiliate, (2004 to present).