Joslin Diabetes Center awards 1st Mary K. Iacocca Faculty Fellowship

opy model at Joslin to view the interaction between islet cells and immune cells to determine why islet cells malfunction and cause type 1 diabetes. "My hope is that we can develop a simple model that can be widely used to study islet cells in living animals," he said. He will also collaborate with Joslin researchers on stem cell projects and the study of vascular complications in people with diabetes.

"In reviewing Dr. von Andrian's work, we see numerous ways in which he can help us assess the cellular and molecular causes of diabetes, and help guide the search for drug targets to treat the many complications of the disease," Dr. King said.

Dr. von Andrian received his M.D. and Ph.D. from Ludwig-Maximilians University in Munich, Germany, and has been a faculty member at Harvard Medical School since 1994. He has received multiple awards, such as the Amgen Outstanding Investigator Award from the American Society of Investigative Pathologists. He is a member of many professional societies and serves on the editorial boards of several scientific journals. He has published numerous papers in top journals.

An estimated 800,000 Americans have type 1 diabetes, in which the pancreas is unable to produce insulin. People with type 1 diabetes must take daily insulin injections to survive. An estimated 18 million Americans have type 2 diabetes, in which the pancreas doesn't produce enough insulin and/or the body is unable to use insulin properly (insulin resistance). Poorly controlled diabetes can lead to many complications, including heart attacks, strokes, blindness, kidney failure, blood vessel damage and nerve damage.

The Iacocca Foundation was founded by Lee A. Iacocca in memory of his wife, Mary K. Iacocca. Over the past 20 years, the Iacocca family has contributed more than $6.5 million in grants to Joslin to fund cutting-edge research for treatments and a cure for type 1 and type 2 diabetes. To commemorate this l

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Joslin Diabetes Center

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