Meet Our Research M.D.'s

William E. Russell, M.D.
TrialNet Principal Investigator
Director, Division of Pediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes
Professor of Pediatrics and Cell & Developmental Biology
A native of Detroit, Dr. Russell is a graduate of the University of Michigan and of Harvard Medical School. Following pediatric residency and a fellowship in pediatric endocrinology at the Massachusetts General Hospital, he went on to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for additional postdoctoral training on the biology of insulin-like growth factors. Prior to joining the faculty at Vanderbilt University, Dr. Russell was on the faculty at Harvard Medical School at the Massachusetts General Hospital and the Shiners Burns Institute, Boston. He is currently active in research, teaching, and clinical care. This year Dr. Russell became the endocrinologist for Team Type 1, a professional cycling team whose members all have type 1 diabetes, and who aim to compete in the Tour de France by 2012 (
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James W. Thomas, M.D.
TrialNet Co-Investigator
Division Chief Rheumatology and Immunology
Professor of Medicine, Microbiology and Immunology
Dr. Thomas is a Tennessean who graduated from Rhodes College and the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis. He did a residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Alabama in Birmingham and completed fellowship training in the Laboratory of Clinical Investigation at the NIH. Dr. Thomas is currently a Professor of Medicine, Microbiology and Immunology, and the Chief of the Division of Rheumatology and Immunology at Vanderbilt. Dr Thomass research is focused in the immune response to insulin and its role in type 1 diabetes. He and his wife, Dr. Geraldine Miller, live in the Grassland community where they currently care for three horses, two cats, and various other wildlife.
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Daniel J. Moore, M.D., Ph.D.
TrialNet Co-Investigator
2nd Year Fellow, Endocrinology and Diabetes

Daniel was born and raised in Memphis, TN. He completed his undergraduate degree at Harvard University concentrating in biochemical sciences. He continued his tour of the nation's oldest universities when he enrolled in both the medical and graduate schools of the University of Pennsylvania. There he completed his M.D. as well as his Ph.D. in immunology. His studies focused on understanding the development of Type 1 Diabetes and on developing new approaches to prevent and cure this disease. In addition to his research focus on T1D, Daniel also has his own personal history with this disease, having had diabetes himself for more than 30 years. He looks forward to combining cutting edge research in immunology with a personal understanding of this illness to provide outstanding care for patients with diabetes.

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