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The IDOM Newsroom is your one stop place for announcements, news and events for the:
- Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism
- Institute for Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism
- Diabetes Research Center
- Penn Rodebaugh Diabetes Center
Current News Features
Islet Cell Transplantation for Type 1 Diabetes
July 23, 2015
Michael Rickels, MD, an associate professor in the division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism, is studying a cutting-edge therapy for severe Type I diabetics: a transplant of special pancreatic cells, according to a story produced and distributed by Ivanhoe to local media outlets across the country. These islets contain cells that produce insulin, which help severely hypoglycemic patients from suffering side-effects from low blood sugar without warning.
Diabetes Drug Study Shows Promise of Personalized Medicine
July 9, 2015
Research by Mitchell Lazar, MD, PhD, director of the Institute for Diabetes, Obesity, and Metabolism, and Raymond Soccio, MD, PhD, clinical fellow in Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism, was featured in news outlets this week, including the Philadelphia Inquirer. In the first study of its kind, they have shown how an anti-diabetic drug can have variable effects depending on small natural differences in DNA sequence between individuals. They aim to apply this knowledge to develop personalized approaches to treating diabetes and other metabolic disorders.
>> Penn Medicine News Release
>> Philadelphia Inquirer article
>> MD Magazine article
>> Diabetes.co.uk article
June 19, 2015
Mitch Lazar, MD, PhD, director of the Institute for Diabetes, Obesity, and Metabolism, was interviewed by Senior Voice America for the radio show Health, Wealth & Wisdom on his lab's recent paper on how a common protein maintains double duty as a key cog in body clock and metabolic control.
>> Senior Voice America (At 40:45 mark, on track for 2nd hour of show)
Metabolic Syndrome Related To Protein That Regulates Liver Genes, Circadian Rhythms
June 10, 2015
The study explains how Rev-erbα regulates the clock in most cells of the body while also regulating metabolic genes in the liver. Instead of relying on the same mechanism for both these functions, Rev-erbα performs each of these jobs in distinct ways. This research may provide a new map for scientists wanting to treat metabolic syndrome.
Is it Always Unhealthy to Be Fat?
April 21, 2015
Conventional thinking suggests that overweight and obese people could eat better and exercise more to lose weight and be healthier. But is it always unhealthy to be overweight?
An episode of WHYY's "Radio Times" discusses the topic with experts including Rexford Ahima, MD, PhD, director of the Obesity Unit in the Institute for Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism, who says that the effect of extra weight really depends on the individual.