Islet Cell Transplantation for Type 1 Diabetes

Michael RickelsMichael 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. Read More.

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Penn Rodebaugh Newsletter - June 2015

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Diabetes Drug Study Shows Promise of Personalized Medicine 

Small genetic differences in DNA sequence - Credit Ray Soccio
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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Metabolic Syndrome Related To Protein That Regulates Liver Genes, Circadian Rhythms 

Mitch 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-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.
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