New cells may help treat diabetes

UI group creates insulin-producing cells that normalize blood-sugar levels in diabetic mice
Starting from human skin cells, researchers at the University of Iowa have created human insulin-producing cells that respond to glucose and correct blood-sugar levels in diabetic mice. The findings may represent a first step toward developing patient-specific cell replacement therapy for type 1 diabetes.

Sugar levels may slow brain growth in children with Type 1 diabetes

A new study conducted by the University of Iowa and four other universities found some areas of the brain grow more slowly in children with Type 1 diabetes than those without, according to findings published in Diabetes.
Exterior of Pappajohn Biomedical Discovery Building

UI hosts dedication ceremony for $126 million Pappajohn Biomedical Discovery Building

256,000-square-foot building will be hub of 'high-risk, high-reward' research
The University of Iowa will hold a dedication ceremony Wednesday, Oct. 15, for the $126 million John and Mary Pappajohn Biomedical Discovery Building, which will house “high-risk, high-reward” research in diabetes, deafness, and brain science as well as complex diseases affecting the heart and lungs. Media tours start at 3:15 p.m., followed by a dedication program, ribbon-cutting ceremony, and public reception, and tours.
Keeping Iowans Healthy: Fighting Diabetes

Keeping Iowa Healthy - Diabetes Research Center

Fraternal Order of Eagles gift will propel diabetes research
In this video, Dale Abel, director of the Fraternal Order of Eagles Diabetes Research Center at the University of Iowa, discusses the mission of this center and how a $25 million dollar gift from the Fraternal Order of Eagles will make new advances and understanding possible in the fight against this devastating disease.

UI Children's Hospital nationally ranked by US News & World Report

Hospital is ranked in eight specialty areas
U.S. News and World Report has ranked University of Iowa Children’s Hospital in eight out of ten specialty areas in its 2014-15 Best Children’s Hospitals listings.

Low birth weight linked to type 2 diabetes in women

In the largest study of its kind, UI researchers confirmed white, black women with low birth weights have greater type 2 diabetes risk
New research from the University of Iowa shows that lower birth weight is associated with an increased risk for type 2 diabetes in White and Black postmenopausal women in the U.S.

Bacteria and fat: a 'perfect storm' for inflammation

Bacterial toxins activate fat cells producing chronic inflammation, which in turn boosts risk of developing diabetes
A University of Iowa study shows that bacterial toxins trigger fat cells to produce pro-inflammatory molecules. The findings suggest that by promoting chronic inflammation through their effect on fat cells, bacterial toxins may play a role in the development of diabetes.
apple and grapes

MedPage Today Fruit takes a bite out of diabetes risk

A longitudinal, observational study shows eating more fruit, particularly apples, grapes, and blueberries, lowers type 2 diabetes risk, which fits what clinicians already tell patients about the importance of a healthy diet, said UI endocrinologist Christopher Adams.

Chef Robert Lewis holding a platter of veggetables

'The Happy Diabetic' chef cooks it up at the Iowa State Fair

Aug. 17 cooking demonstration coincides with UI research to combat diabetes
Chef Robert Lewis, "The Happy Diabetic," will demonstrate healthy dishes for diabetics on Aug. 17 at the Iowa State Fair. The demonstration coincides with an effort at the University of Iowa to enroll participants in a national study to identify the most effective drugs to treat type-2 diabetes.