Lori M Laffel

Joslin Diabetes Center

Biographical Sketch:
Lori Laffel, MD, MPH, is a pediatric endocrinologist and clinical investigator at the Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston. She is Chief of the Pediatric, Adolescent and Young Adult Section of the Joslin Clinic and an Investigator in the Section on Genetics and Epidemiology at the Joslin Diabetes Center. Dr. Laffel focuses her research and clinical interests on maintaining normal growth and development for youth with or at risk for diabetes; preventing both acute and chronic complications of diabetes; preserving quality of life for youth and their family members; and protecting the futures for all children, adolescents, and young adults living with diabetes. She works with youth with type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes, and those at risk for diabetes. A primary focus of her research has been the design, implementation, and evaluation of cost-effective, office-based interventions aimed at increasing family involvement in the day-to-day care of youth with diabetes, especially those with type 1 diabetes, in order to prevent the expected deteriorations in self-care behaviors and glycemic control that usually occur in late adolescence. Dr. Laffel’s clinical research efforts focused on improving outcomes for youth with diabetes have had ongoing funding from the National Institutes of Health and private foundations since 1993. Under Dr. Laffel’s leadership, the pediatric program at Joslin has quadrupled in size and is recognized worldwide as a major pediatric diabetes center for clinical care and research.
Papers:
Diabetes Diagnosis and Management 2013
Central Adiposity and Insulin Resistance in Youth with Type 1 Diabetes
Adiposity in Youth with Type 1 Diabetes Compared with a Normative Sample of Youth from NHANES
Discordant Classification of Pediatric Overweight and Obesity according to BMI Percentile and Percent Body Fat in Youth with Type 1 Diabetes