Kathleen Page


I am an assistant professor and practicing endocrinologist at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California (USC) and Children's Hospital Los Angeles. My research program is focused on understanding the causes of obesity and diabetes. Our research is supported by active grant funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the American Diabetes Association, the American Heart Association and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. I earned my bachelor of science (B.S.) and medical degree (M.D.) at USC. I did post-doctoral training at the Yale School of Medicine, where I completed a medical residency in Internal Medicine, a clinical fellowship in Endocrinology and a post-doctoral fellowship in Neuroimaging in Science. Through my research, I aim to understand the causes of obesity and diabetes so that more effective strategies can be developed for reducing the number of people affected by these health conditions.


Children consume a bigger proportion of their daily calories from added sugars than adults, and the concerns go beyond nutrition. New research suggests that fructose can activate the brain's reward regions and generate hunger and cravings for other high-calorie foods.