Written by Cara J. Hayden
Could feeding babies a special milk formula help to prevent the onset of Type I diabetes? Pitt pediatrics professor Dorothy J. Becker is exploring that question as the principal investigator of a 10-year study involving six centers nationwide. A renowned endocrinologist and chief of the Division of Endocrinology and Diabetes at Children’s Hospital of UPMC, she’s been a leading figure in the study of Type I diabetes for more than three decades. This fall she was elected president of the Lawson Wilkins Pediatric Endocrine Society, which represents more than 900 health care professionals who treat children with endocrine disorders such as diabetes.