DIRECTOR, Clinical Intervention and Translation Core
Dr. Marc Cornier M.D. has been on faculty at the University of Colorado with the Division of Endocrinology, Metabolism, and Diabetes since 2001, where he is currently a Professor of Medicine and Associate Division Head. Prior to that, he received his undergraduate education at Vanderbilt University in Biomedical Engineering. He then attended the Medical College of Georgia where he received his medical degree. He went onto do his medical residency at Georgetown University Medical Center and followed this with a fellowship in endocrinology at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. Dr. Cornier is currently the Director of the NORC Clinical Intervention and Translation Core. He also serves as the associate director of the CU Anschutz Health and Wellness Center, Medical Director of the My New Weigh meal-replacement weight loss program at the CU Anschutz Health and Wellness Center, and Director of the LDL Apheresis Program at the University of Colorado Hospital. He also runs a lipid and a diabetes clinic at the University of Colorado Hospital. Dr. Cornier is an active clinical and translational investigator with a primary research interest in obesity and nutrition. Specifically in understanding the complex regulation of food intake and body weight and metabolism. He has also been involved in clinical trials with lipid-lowering medications. Dr.Cornier has been a very active volunteer in important health-related associations, including the Obesity Society, Endocrine Society, American Diabetes Association, and American Heart Association.
Janine Higgins, P.h.D.
Associate Director, Clinical Intervention and Translation Core
Janine Higgins is a Professor of Pediatrics, Section of Endocrinology. She received her Ph.D. in biochemistry at the University of Sydney and completed post-Doctoral Fellowships at the University of Wollongong and the University of Colorado Denver. She has been the Colorado Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CCTSI) Nutrition Research Director for the past 15 years and CCTSI Director of Operations for four years. In 2018 alone, the CCTSI Nutrition Core dispensed 7,787 weighed research meals (6,230h of labor) plus an additional 85h of other services such as diet diary analysis, photographic food record analysis, dietary counseling, and administration of FFQs.
Dr. Higgins has over 18 years’ experience in Nutrition research in rodent models, children, and adults. Her primary research interests center around diet and metabolism: investigating optimal treatment of Type 2 diabetes in children and adolescents (NIH multi-center TODAY study), development of novel methods for measurement of dietary intake, obesity treatment in adults, and ways to ameliorate weight regain following weight loss in rodent models. Dr. Higgins has extensive experience mentoring post-doctoral and clinical endocrinology, infectious disease, and gastroenterology Fellows and is a member of the selection committee and preceptor for the Children’s Hospital Colorado Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) Dietetic Internship Program. She serves as co-director of the CCTSI PreK program and an ad hoc reviewer for the K to R program.