Jose Cacicedo, PhD
|Institution||Boston University School of Medicine|
|Division||Endocrinology, Diabetes & Nutrition|
|Address||650 Albany St|
Boston MA 02118
|Institution||Boston Medical Center|
Dr. Cacicedo’s research interests are two-fold 1) the study of macro- and micro-vascular complications caused by diabetes and obesity and 2) the actions of exercise on the vascular wall. Low grade vascular inflammation is an underlying cause of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD) and physical exercise has been demonstrated to prevent and improve ASCVD and vascular function in patients with and without diabetes. This is evident even in the absence of overt weight loss. Exercise can also help in the control and maintenance of blood glucose levels which is key to the prevention of diabetic microvascular complications such as retinopathy. Thus, an overarching theme to his research is to discover the mechanism(s) of exercise-induced anti-inflammatory actions on the vasculature and determine whether they can be replicated pharmacologically. Discoveries of this nature could serve as critical therapeutics or preventative therapies for vascular disorders associated with diabetes and obesity.
Dr. Cacicedo earned his PhD in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) and is currently a newly appointed Instructor in the Department of Medicine at BUSM.
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