Dr. McCormack investigates the intersection of neuroendocrinology and metabolism. Her translational research program involves two areas. The first involves studying those with genetic disorders, including primary mitochondrial diseases and Friedreich's ataxia, with characterized risk for diabetes mellitus. Second, Dr. McCormack focuses on brain disorders associated with excess weight gain, including brain tumor-related hypothalamic obesity syndrome and idiopathic intracranial hypertension.
The purpose of this research study is to find out if intranasal oxytocin (the hormone oxytocin, delivered through a nasal spray solution) will help with easy weight gain in children, adolescents, and adults with brain tumors and hypothalamic obesity syndrome.
The McCormack Lab studies the intersection of neuroendocrinology and metabolism, with two areas of focus. First, the lab studies genetic disorders with increased risk for diabetes mellitus, including mitochondrial diseases. Second, investigators in the lab focus on brain tumor-related hypothalamic obesity syndrome.