Brian Layden

Associate professor and chief of endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism


Brian Layden

Dr. Brian Layden (Photo: Jenny Fontaine)

Dr. Brian Layden is chief and associate professor of the department of diabetes, endocrinology and metabolism in the UIC College of Medicine. He is a clinician-scientist who studies the relationship between diabetes and obesity. His lab focuses on uncovering metabolic pathways that contribute to obesity and diabetes and identifying small molecules or drugs that can be used to target those pathways to prevent and treat disease. Some of his current research examines the contribution of the gut microbiome to diabetes and obesity and how it may be ‘repaired’ as part of treatment for these diseases.

Layden is an expert in providing care to people with type 1 and type 2 diabetes including those with advanced diabetes and/or insulin resistance and patients with pre-diabetes where the disease can still be prevented. He also treats patients with obesity linked to genetic traits that impact metabolism.

Subject areas:

  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Endocrine disorders
  • Insulin and insulin resistance
  • Metabolic disorders
  • Adrenal disorders
  • Microbiome and diabetes/obesity
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