Jennifer Miller, MD
Dr. Miller is an Assistant Professor in the division of pediatric endocrinology. She graduated with her M.D. from the University of Florida in 1998, and her M.S. in Clinical Investigation from the University of Florida in 2005. She completed her training in pediatrics and pediatric endocrinology at the University of Florida.
Dr. Miller’s research, in collaboration with Daniel Driscoll, MD, PhD, evaluates the effect of early-onset obesity (i.e., obesity occurring before age 4) on the developing brain. Dr. Miller’s research focuses on three groups of individuals: those with Prader-Willi syndrome (PWS – a genetic condition known to cause early-onset obesity), those with idiopathic early-onset obesity, and normal weight control siblings of individuals from both those groups. Because PWS can be diagnosed at birth with currently available genetic testing and can be treated with growth hormone to increase muscle mass and decrease fat mass, parents can be given prospective counseling to help them keep the child’s weight normal for height through childhood. However, without the appropriate environmental controls instituted by the parents, the natural history of PWS is for children to become obese at 18-36 months of age. Thus, individuals with PWS are an excellent model to discover the effects of early obesity on the brain.