UF researchers awarded five million dollar grant for Type 1 Diabetes research

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB)– Researchers at the University of Florida are one step closer to a breakthrough in a cure for Type 1 Diabetes.

The UF Diabetes Institute has been awarded a five million dollar grant to continue development in the creation of a “pancreatic islet on a chip” for diabetes research.

The islets play a key role in the production of beta cells which produce insulin for the human body.

“In Type 1 Diabetes, your body’s own immune system selectively attacks and kills the beta cells,” said Cherie Stabler, Ph.D., one of the researchers, and a professor in biomedical engineering. “Without the insulin it’s a lethal condition and so a Type 1 patient has to receive insulin either through injections or delivery.”

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