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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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.
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.