A new PhD in the UETeM research group !
Congratulations to Antía Fernández-Pombo for successfully defending her doctoral thesis!
From left to right:
- Prof. Miguel A Martínez Olmos, head of the Endocrinology and Nutrition Service of the University Clinical Hospital of Santiago de Compostela.
- Prof. David Araújo-Vilar, Associate Professor of Medicine at USC Specialist in Endocrinology and Nutrition Responsible of the Lipodystrophy Unit
- Dr. Antía Fernández-Pombo, Specialist in Endocrinology and Nutrition
- Dr. José Cocho de Juan, head of the Metabolopathies laboratory section of the University Clinical Hospital of Santiago de Compostela.
Natural course and comorbidities of lipodystrophy syndromes in Spain
Lipodystrophy syndromes constitute a heterogeneous group of rare diseases characterised by the selective loss of adipose tissue, which leads to impaired insulin signalling and other cellular functions, giving rise to metabolic complications that contribute to higher mortality rates in these patients. However, the exact natural history of these syndromes is not well documented, leading to long delays in diagnosis or misdiagnosis. This thesis constitutes the first real-life study with the objetive of evaluating the natural course and associated comorbidities througout the lives of patients with generalised and partial lipodystrophy (both acquired and congenital) in Spain in an effort to contribute to increasing knowledge of these rare syndromes.