Yanhua Zhao, Ph.D.
Instructor, Division of Endocrinology
Yanhua Zhao, Ph.D.
Division of Endocrinology
Department of Internal Medicine
University of Texas Medical Branch
8.138 Medical Research Building
Galveston, Texas 77555-1060
As a junior faculty, my research focuses on the role of inflammation in the pathogenesis of diabetic complications in humans, molecular mechanisms by which diabetes activates NF-kB cell signaling pathways. By using in vitro and in vivo systems, I try to figure out the mechanisms by which the noncanonical pathway of NF-kB interacts with, regulates the canonical pathway and how this impacts upon chronic activation of innate immunity in diabetic tissues. In addition, I am also interested in the role of the anti-aging hormone Klotho in preventing, delaying, alleviating or reversing the diabetic complications.
The department of internal medicine is developing evidence based clinical protocols which will be available in EPIC (as order sets) for use when admitting patients with these diagnoses. Their AIM is to standardize care and decrease length of stay and readmission rates.Currently available protocols are:
- CAP - Community Acquired Pneumonia Orderset
- Congestive Heart Failure (CHF)
- Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
- Diabetic Ketoacidosis Adult, ICU
- General Medicine Admission
- Immunodeficiency Flow Panel
- MICU/CCU Admission Order Set
- Oral Analgesic Medicaitons
- Parenteral Opioids
- Sepsis, Adult ICU
- 111 - Stroke Alert
- 112 - Stroke Activation
- 300086 - Stroke Floor Admission
- 3000000001 - Stroke Critical care without tPA
- 300088 Stroke - Transfer from Critical care to floor
- 3004002 - Stroke Discharge
All protocols can be found in the EPIC order set section.
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