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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.

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>> WFMZ-TV Coverage

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.

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>> Penn Medicine News Release
>> Philadelphia Inquirer article
>> MD Magazine article
>> Diabetes.co.uk article

Keeping Your Body in Rhythm

June 19, 2015

Lazar Binding imageMitch 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. 

>> Penn Press Release

>> 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

Mitchell Lazar, MD, PhDA new study from the lab of Mitchell Lazar, MD, PhD, director of the Institute for Diabetes, Obesity, and Metabolism, was featured in Medical Daily.

The study explains how Rev-erbĪ± 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-erbĪ± performs each of these jobs in distinct ways. This research may provide a new map for scientists wanting to treat metabolic syndrome.

>> Medical Daily article

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.