Stephen H. Wright, PhD, professor in the Department of Physiology at the University of Arizona College of Medicine, is the recipient of this year's Faculty Science Forum Founders Day Award. Dr. Wright also is a professor in the UA Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biophysics.
Diabetes is an excellent example of how environmental factors interact with susceptibility genes leading to poor clinical outcomes. The Hispanic population is particularly affected by the diabetes epidemic, but this predisposition is poorly understood. Glucose levels or glycated hemoglobin (HbA1C) do not successfully predict all individuals at risk of diabetes or diabetes complications.