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Major grants bolster VUMC diabetes research

Jan. 14, 2016—Researchers at Vanderbilt University Medical Center have received more than $11 million in new grant support aimed at slowing the growing burden of diabetes.

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Diabetes effort aims to boost function of insulin-producing cells

Nov. 6, 2014—Vanderbilt University is part of a national effort to improve diabetes treatment by developing strategies for proliferating, regenerating and improving the function of insulin-producing beta cells in the pancreatic islets.

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Diabetes researchers track cells’ ability to regenerate

Mar. 13, 2014—Vanderbilt University scientists have found evidence that the insulin-secreting beta cells of the pancreas, which are either killed or become dysfunctional in the two main forms of diabetes, have the capacity to regenerate.

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Powers named to American Diabetes Association board

Jan. 30, 2014—Alvin Powers, M.D., professor of Medicine and Molecular Physiology and Biophysics, has been named to the American Diabetes Association Board of Directors.

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Day of events highlights efforts to fight diabetes

Dec. 5, 2013—Vanderbilt University’s contributions to the field of diabetes — past and present — were celebrated recently during the annual Diabetes Day at the Vanderbilt Student Life Center.

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Study sheds new light on type 2 diabetes development

Oct. 24, 2013—Inactivation by oxidative stress of specific transcription factors essential for pancreatic islet beta cell function is a key event in the development of type 2 diabetes, Vanderbilt University researchers and their colleagues have found.

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Beta cell imaging could help spot diabetes earlier

May. 23, 2012—Vanderbilt researchers have developed a biomarker for beta cells that could make it easier to detect diabetes earlier.

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Digestive disease research bolstered by grant renewal

Jan. 20, 2012—The Vanderbilt Digestive Disease Research Center celebrates its 10th anniversary this year with a second five-year renewal of its federal research grant.

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