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UMass Diabetes Center of Excellence at the American Diabetes Association's 79th Scientific Sessions

Date Posted: Friday, June 14, 2019
David Harlan, MD                 Silvia Corvera, MD                 Dale Griener, PhD

The UMass Diabetes Center of Excellence (DCOE) was well represented at the American Diabetes Association’s (ADA) 79th Scientific Sessions, June 7-11, 2019 in San Francisco, California.

Laura Alonso, MD, Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, George F. and Sybil H. Fuller Foundation Term Chair in Diabetes, Director, Beta Cell Biological Studies, received an Innovative Basic Science Award for her pancreatic beta cell research at the UMass DCOE.  Dr. Alonso was also recognized for her 3-years of service on the Scientific Sessions planning committee, and she presented "Grant-writing & identifying funding" during the Focus on Fellows training session.

The ADA’s Pathway to Stop Diabetes program provides funding to the next generation of diabetes researchers. Recipients are selected by a Mentor Advisory Group made up of eminent scientists from throughout the country, including David Harlan, MD, Professor, Department of Medicine, Chief, Diabetes Division, co-director, UMass DCOE, William and Doris Krupp Chair in Diabetes. The Chair of the Mentor Advisory Group is Silvia Corvera, MD, Chair in Diabetes Research at UMass Medical School and co-director of the Medical Scientist Training Program. 

David Guertin, PhD, spoke about his UMass DCOE research on Brown Adipose Metabolism.  Su Myung Jung, PhD from Dr. Guertin’s lab received a Postdoctoral Fellowship Award for his research on Signaling Mechanisms in Lipid Metabolism.

Sally C. Kent, PhD gave a talk titled, “Analysis of Self-Antigen Specificity of Islet-Infiltrating T-Cells from Human Donors with Type 1 Diabetes.”    

The well attended poster session included research data from behavioral psychologist Kristin L. MacGregor, PhD, who presented her study called “The Impact of Integrated Behavioral Health in a Diabetes Center.”  Dr. MacGregor and Samir Malkani, MD, also showcased their findings of “A Needs Based Approach for Uncontrolled Hyperglycemia.”  Rohit Sharma, PhD, presented his research titled “Role of activation transcription factor 6 (Atf6a) in pancreatic beta cells”