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UF T1D research among JDRF’s Top 10 Research Advances in 2014

Published: Jan 10th, 2015

A collaborative type 1 diabetes study led by researchers from UF and the Institute of Diabetes Research, Helmholtz Zentrum Munchen, in Germany is recognized among JDRF’s Top 10 Research Advances in 2014. The JDRF-funded research has shed more light on the connection between T1D, gut bacteria interactions, and certain viruses.

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One-third of people with Type 1 diabetes continue to produce insulin

Published: Jan 6th, 2015

Nearly one in every three people with Type 1 diabetes continue to produce insulin, some for decades after diagnosis, according to a first-of-its-kind study conducted by researchers from T1D Exchange. These data “suggest important differences in the biological process of Type 1 diabetes between those diagnosed as children or as adults,” the investigators wrote. UF Health pediatric endocrinologist Michael Haller, M.D. was a co-author on the study. Read more.

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American Diabetes Association Announces 2015 Board of Directors

Published: Jan 5th, 2015

UF Health Type 1 diabetes expert Desmond Schatz, M.D. has been elected to the American Diabetes Association’s Board of Directors for 2015. Dr. Schatz has been a volunteer for the ADA for more than 25 years and has served on numerous committees. Dr. Schatz previously served on the national Board of Directors and was recently named president-elect of the American Diabetes Association, the nation’s largest and leading voluntary health organization leading the fight to Stop Diabetes®, beginning in 2016.

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$1.5 million grant targets immune cell therapies in Type 1 diabetes

Published: Dec 23rd, 2014

Benjamin Keselowsky, Ph.D. has received a new NIH R01 grant for “Biomaterial Delivery System for Type 1 Diabetes Vaccine”. Funded by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases in collaboration with UF Diabetes Institute Director, Mark Atkinson, Ph.D., and Clive Wasserfall, this, $1.5M grant will fund the investigation of biodegradable microparticle/hydrogel formulations delivering immuno-modulatory factors to targeted immune cell types for the prevention and reversal of T1D.

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Progress in sight: New UF vision research facility to open in 2015

Published: Dec 17th, 2014

More than 93 million people suffer vision loss from ‪diabetes worldwide. Newly-renovated laboratory space in the UF Department of Ophthalmology will shed new light on promising treatments and therapies aimed at improving vision health for older adults, particularly those who have diabetes. Diabetic retinopathy is the leading cause of adult blindness in the U.S. Read more.

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JDRF Bag of Hope program launches at UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital

Published: Dec 12th, 2014

UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital and JDRF are partnering to help newly diagnosed patients and families of young children with Type 1 diabetes. The JDRF Bag of Hope is filled with useful resources for both the child who has been diagnosed with T1D and his or her adult caregivers. Learn more.

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New research study examines blood vessel stiffness in type 1 diabetes

Published: Nov 18th, 2014

Individuals with type 1 diabetes have a ten-times higher risk for cardiovascular events than age-matched non-diabetic populations. Researchers in the UF Department of Pediatrics are recruiting for a new, non-invasive study that will measure arterial stiffness in children. Long-term increases in the stiffness of blood vessels may increase the risk of heart attack and stroke. For more information, contact csmeehan@peds.ufl.edu.

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UF Diabetes Expert Speaks at National Continuing Education Conference

Published: Nov 13th, 2014

Ashby Walker, Ph.D., research assistant professor in the Department of Health Outcomes and Policy, recently presented at a national conference for nurse educators and physicians in Tampa, Fla., to discuss a recent UF photo research project, in which children with Type 1 diabetes were prompted to take and explain five pictures that captured what diabetes meant to them. The photos and explanations provide valuable perspectives and highlight the differences in disease experiences based on gender and socioeconomic status.

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Processing sugar: Could artificial sweeteners promote diabetes?

Published: Oct 29th, 2014

Over the past decade, increased consumption of table sugar and artificial sweeteners have been linked to rising rates of obesity and Type 2 diabetes in the United States and throughout the world. Now, new research evidence builds on these previous findings, providing new insights into pathogenesis and innovative therapies for this important disease. Read more.

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New research opportunity for prevention of Type 2 diabetes mellitus

Published: Oct 27th, 2014

It is well known that pregnancy is a state of insulin resistance. In a new clinical trial at the University of Florida, researchers aim to identify the number of patients with NAFLD who have developed gestational diabetes during their pregnancy, and to determine whether there is a direct correlation between the two diseases. Learn more.