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UTHSC RESEARCHER WINS NIH GRANT TO DISCOVER ROADMAP TO TYPE 1 DIABETES PREVENTION
Memphis, Tennessee (April 28, 2006) -- Ivan C. Gerling, PhD, associate professor at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) College of Medicine (COM) and research biologist at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center Memphis (VAMC), has been awarded a nearly $1.3 million 5-year grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The ultimate goal of his research is to prevent Type 1 diabetes.
Currently, medical researchers do not understand why some individuals’ immune systems malfunction and destroy all of their insulin producing cells. “Thanks to UTHSC’s recently acquired mass spectrometry instruments, we can now create a comprehensive map of molecular abnormalities associated with initiation of this immune system malfunction,” said Dr. Gerling. “The long-term goal is to define these molecular abnormalities in such detail that we can diagnose and treat them before they turn into actual immune system malfunctions and Type 1 diabetes. This would allow doctors to diagnose and cure the disease before it even occurs.”
Sol Solomon, MD, professor of medicine (endocrinology) and pharmacology at UTHSC COM and chief of endocrinology at VAMC, said of his colleague Dr. Gerling, "He has done brilliantly, in two ways: 1) by using the new discovery-science approach, proteomics and genomics, to unravel the complex immunology of Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus; and 2) by being a pioneer in these discovery-science approaches both at the national/international level and at the local/regional level ‘ushering in’ other scientists and helping them utilize these new approaches in their own areas of research. He has earned this award from NIH, in a very difficult funding time, and deserves great credit for this."
received his PhD in immunology from the University of Copenhagen, Denmark, and a postdoctoral fellowship
from the Jackson Laboratory,
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