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RESEARCH: Beta Cell Imaging

October 21, 2010

JDRF is investing in many areas of research in multiple Dallas institutions.  One project we would like to highlight is in regards to Beta Cell Imaging.

Despite tremendous progress made in diabetic research, accurate measurement of beta-cell mass in patients remains a big challenge. To put it simply, there is not an MRI for beta cells. The capability of following the physiological and biochemical parameters of beta cells is crucial for studying diabetes and for devising effective treatments against the disease. The lack of non-invasive imaging technologies for analyzing beta cells has greatly hampered our efforts in understanding the pathology of the disease.

JDRF is funding two researchers, Dr. Ahn at the University of Dallas and Dr. Li at UT Southwestern, for their work on Beta Cell Imaging to help solve this important problem.

Listed below are some additional projects that are currently taking place in Dallas.

For additional information on these research projects, please visit our JDRF Dallas Research webpage to access the JDRF Research Abstract Database. This database provides information on lay abstracts and progress reports for funded grants both active and inactive and is updated daily.

  • Elhadji Dioum ,Ph.D. UT Southwestern Medical Center – Beta Cell Therapies
  • Bashoo Naziruddin ,Ph.D. Baylor Research Institute – Beta Cell Therapies
  • Perrin White ,M.D. UT Southwestern Medical Center – Immune Therapies
  • Jung-Mo Ahn ,Ph.D. The University of Texas at Dallas – Beta Cell Imaging
  • Philipp Scherer ,Ph.D. UT Southwestern Medical Center – Beta Cell Therapies
  • Wen-Hong Li ,Ph.D. UT Southwestern Medical Center – Beta Cell Imaging
  • Zhenhua Dai ,Ph.D., M.D. The University of Texas Health Center at Tyler – Bystander memory T cells and islet transplantation
  • Hideki Ueno , Baylor Research Institute – Immune Therapies


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