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

Published: Dec 23rd, 2014

Benjamin Keselowsky, Ph.D. recently 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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‘Bag of Hope’ program comes to UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital

Published: Dec 12th, 2014

UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) are making miracles of their own this holiday season through a new partnership that aims to help children and teens 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.

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Blueberry Hill Program Partners with UF Diabetes Institute

Published: Oct 27th, 2014

The Blueberry Family Health Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, is excited to partner with the University of Florida Diabetes Institute and other leading diabetes organizations on a new program to prevent type 2 diabetes in children. The foundation, established by growers in the blueberry industry, will launch their first philanthropic programs in Florida in 2015. Read more.

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Vitamin D levels lack association with NAFLD, UF study finds

Published: Oct 27th, 2014

The relationship between 25-hydroxyvitamin D concentration and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease does not appear to be causal, challenging prior observational evidence that increasing the vitamin could reduce disease risk, according to new research published in the Journal of Hepatology. The UF study also measured the potential causal relationships between vitamin D and type 2 diabetes, and found similar outcomes.

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On the Same Page: The UF Diabetes Institute

Published: Oct 15th, 2014

In the latest issue of On the Same Page, UF Health president David S. Guzick, M.D. Ph.D. details the events leading up to the formation of the new UF Diabetes Institute — a collaboration of dozens of researchers campuswide all focused on forging new advances in treatment for a disease that afflicts an estimated 29.1 million Americans and 1 in 10 Floridians.

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ADA position statement addresses diabetes in child care setting

Published: Sep 23rd, 2014

Type 1 diabetes care for children aged 5 years or younger requires unique management, according to a recent position statement in Diabetes Care. Authors stress that pediatric diabetes patients need a proactive disease care plan that involves clinicians, parents/guardians and child care staff. Researchers also highlighted hurdles in pediatric diabetes care, including language barriers, health literacy and ethnic and cultural practices.