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Researchers unravel complicated relationship between diabetes and HCV

Published: January 28th, 2015

Kenneth Cusi, M.D., F.A.C.P., F.A.C.E., Chief of Division of Adult Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism at the University of Florida, is featured in the January print issue of Endocrine Today for his research investigating the relationship between diabetes and liver disease. The cover story focuses on the complicated relationship between diabetes and hepatitis C virus. Read more.


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

Published: January 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.


Dr. Wallet featured in 2015 Investigator Spotlight | JDRF-nPOD

Published: January 5th, 2015

Shannon Wallet, Ph.D., Department of Periodontology University of Florida, is featured in the January 2015 Investigator Spotlight for JDRF-nPOD. The program supports the collection and characterization of pancreata and related tissues from organ donors with type 1 diabetes (T1D). These tissues are then made available to investigators around the world addressing the most fundamental questions related to how T1D develops and progresses. Learn more.


American Diabetes Association Announces 2015 Board of Directors

Published: January 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.


‘Bag of Hope’ program comes to UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital

Published: December 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.


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

Published: November 20th, 2014

A collaborative type 1 diabetes study led by researchers from UF and the Institute of Diabetes Research, Helmholtz Zentrum Munchen, in Germany was recently recognized among JDRF’s Top 10 Research Advances in 2014. Bacterial interactions within the gut may influence T1D –
building on the microbiome theory.

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New research study examines blood vessel stiffness in type 1 diabetes

Published: November 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


At a Glance: American Diabetes Association

Published: November 14th, 2014

Combining Efforts to Stop Diabetes® Nearly 30 million Americans have diabetes and an additional 86 million have prediabetes, placing them at risk for developing Type 2 diabetes. The University of Florida and […]

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UF Diabetes Expert Speaks at National Continuing Education Conference

Published: November 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.


Processing sugar: Could artificial sweeteners promote diabetes?

Published: October 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.