Department of Biological and Medical Sciences

Low thyroid hormone before birth alters growth and development of fetal pancreas

Friday, 03 February 2017


Researchers at Oxford Brookes are part of a team who have discovered levels of thyroid hormone in babies influence insulin-secreting cells of the pancreas, according to a new study published in The Journal of Physiology.

Commenting on the study, first author, Dr Shelley Harris, said: ‘The study highlights a novel role for thyroid hormones in regulating pancreatic development and opens up new questions to be explored’.

Senior author Dr Alison J. Forhead added: ‘In individuals with low thyroid hormone before birth, abnormalities in beta-cell development may lead to increased risk of pancreatic disorders and type 2 diabetes in later life’.

Read more about the study on the Physiological Society webpage.