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September 6, 2012

Visit the Fresh Market Sidewalk Sale this Weekend to Support Diabetes Research

When: Friday, September 7 through Sunday, September 9

Where: Gainesville Fresh Market, 4120 NW 16th Boulevard

The Gainesville Fresh Market store is hosting its 18th Annual Sidewalk Sale this weekend to support diabetes research. The Fresh Market will offer a selection of gourmet food and beverages in exchange for a $2 donation to support the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). You can stop by September 7, 2012 at 10:30 a.m. through Sunday, September 9 at 6:30 p.m. to support the event and help raise money for diabetes research.

UF Welcomes Dr. Patrick Concannon

Patrick J. Concannon, Ph.D., will serve as the next Director of the University of Florida Genetics Institute beginning in January, 2012. Previously, Dr. Concannon served as Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics at the University of Virginia School of Medicine. His research interests include cellular DNA damage responses, breast cancer genetics, and genetics of type 1 diabetes.

His expertise in type 1 diabetes genetics focuses on mapping and identifying the major susceptibility genes for the disorder. He is also currently pursuing translational studies to connect risk genotypes with patient phenotypes.

The UF Diabetes Center welcomes Dr. Concannon to his new role at the University of Florida, and we look forward to partnering with him in his mission to develop ways to prevent T1D and improve current treatments.

Diets High in Artificial Sweeteners Reduce Gut Microflora

A review of the scientific literature revealed that people who eat a diet high in fructose, artificial sweeteners and sugar alcohols experience a reduction in the diversity of their gut microflora and are at higher risk for obesity and metabolic disorders. Learn more online.

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Upcoming Diabetes Research Seminars

Who: Roland W. Stein, Ph.D., Professor of Molecular Physiology & Biophysics, Vanderbilt University Medical Center

What: “The Effect of Type 2 Diabetes Stress Conditions on Islet-enriched Transcription Factor Activity”

When: Friday, September 7, 2012, at 9:00 a.m.

Where: UF Cancer and Genetics Complex, Room 101

Please join us on September 12-13, 2012 for one or all of the following four seminars with Jay Skyler, MD, MACP, Professor and Chairman, NIDDK Type 1 Diabetes TrialNet Study, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine:

What: “Microvascular Disease in Type 1 Diabetes”

When: Wednesday, September 12, 2012 at 4:00 p.m.

Where: UF Department of Medicine, Chairman’s Library, Rm 4106

What: “Progress Toward an Artificial Pancreas”

When: Thursday, September 13, 2012 at 8 a.m.

Where: UF Health Sciences Communicore Building, Rm C1-4

What: “Beta Cell Replacement”

When: Thursday, September 13, 2012, 10 a.m.

Where:  Academic Research Building, Conference Rm R4-133

What: “Glycemic Control and Cardiovascular Disease”

When: Thursday, September 13, 2012, at 11 a.m.

Where: UF Health Sciences Communicore Building, Rm C1-11

Please join us for an additional seminar with Dr. Michael Haller, Associate Professor and Principal Investigator, UF Diabetes Center

Who: Michael Haller, M.D., Associate Professor and Principal Investigator

What: “Combination Therapy to Reverse Type 1 Diabetes”

When: Thursday, September 13, 2012 at 2 p.m.

Where: Shands at UF, North Tower, Room 3204 (CRC Conference Room)

You can learn more about Dr. Haller’s program of research online.

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