Dr. Abel is internationally recognized for his research on the molecular mechanisms responsible for cardiac dysfunction in obesity, type 2 diabetes, and type 1 diabetes, as well as for studying the role of mitochondrial dysfunction in the development of insulin resistance, obesity, and complications arising from said dysfunction. Dr. Abel’s research is funded by the National Institutes of Health and other agencies, and his work has been supported by the American Diabetes Association, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, and the American Heart Association.
Dr. Abel received a medical degree from the University of the West Indies in Kingston, Jamaica. He was a Rhodes Scholar and clinical research fellow with John G. Ledingham at the University of Oxford, England, where he also earned a doctorate in physiology. Abel completed an internship and residency in medicine at McGraw Medical Center, Northwestern University Medical School, and served as chief resident of internal medicine at the VA Lakeside Medical Center there. He was a clinical and research fellow and instructor at Harvard Medical School before moving to the University of Utah in 2000. He joined the University of Iowa faculty in 2013.
In the course of his career, Dr. Abel has received numerous national honors and awards, including an election to the National Academy of Medicine in 2015, and has been a lecturer and visiting professor both in the U.S. and internationally. He is the primary author, co-author, or editor of more than 140 scientific publications.
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