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Loss of vision due to retinopathy is one of the long-term and potentially disabling complications of diabetes. A degenerative disorder, it sneaks up gradually. But what triggers diabetic retinopathy? University of Minnesota neuroscientist Eric Newman, Ph.D., who has studied the retina for more than 35 years, thinks he knows, and he's now testing a simple means that could combat it.


The latest issue of Discoveries in Diabetes is now available in print and online.

Jakub Tolar, M.D., Ph.D. (Photo: Scott Streble)

For decades, researchers have focused much of their energy on minimizing the impact of diabetes. Because people with diabetes do not have functioning pancreas islet cells--essential for producing the insulin our bodies need--physicians and scientists have found ways to help them manage their blood sugar levels through lifestyle changes, medications, and insulin injections.

But Jakub Tolar, M.D., Ph.D., director of the University of Minnesota's Stem Cell Institute, wants to think much bigger. He doesn't just want to make it easier for patients to live with their diabetes; he wants to cure them of it.

As a special gift for Burke Derr, a lifelong teddy bear collector, his friends asked a teddy bear company to create a bear for Burke. The original Burke P. Bear arrived at the hospital five days before Burke died. Today Burke P. Bear is the world-travelin

He has toured 47 states and 23 countries to increase awareness of cystic fibrosis (CF)--a genetic disorder that causes mucus to build up and clog some organs of the body, primarily the lungs--and he gets hugs everywhere he goes. This furry advocate is Burke P. Bear, a cuddly teddy bear named in honor of Burke P. Derr, who died two days before his 19th birthday in 1997 from complications of CF.


Learn about how the U of M's trailblazing scientists are shaping the future of diabetes treatment at the first-ever Diabetes Spotlight on Thursday, May 29.

Elizabeth Seaquist, M.D.

University of Minnesota professor and endocrinologist Elizabeth Seaquist, M.D., in January was named President of Medicine and Science for the American Diabetes Association, the nation's largest voluntary health organization leading the fight against diabetes.


The University of Minnesota and Harvard University will partner on a multicenter clinical study evaluating a potential treatment for kidney disease in people who have type 1 diabetes. The study will be funded by a $24.3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health.

Sayeed Ikramuddin, M.D. (Photo: Scott Streble)

Which is better at controlling type 2 diabetes, gastric bypass surgery or lifestyle management? That was the question University of Minnesota researcher Sayeed Ikramuddin, M.D.—along with scientists at Columbia University and in Taiwan—aimed to answer when they began a three-year study in 2011.

Klearchos Papas, Ph.D. (Photo: Scott Streble) and Mike Garwood, Ph.D. (Photo: Tim Rummelhoff)

Research collaborators working with the University of Minnesota and University of Arizona embarked on a unique experiment in August. A donor pancreas, chaperoned by a graduate student, was fl own by commercial jet from Minneapolis to Tucson, Arizona. The goal: to see if a new organ preservation technique could extend the life of the donor pancreas. It did.


The University of Minnesota recently performed its 8,000th kidney transplant-which coincided with the 50-year anniversary of Minnesota’s fi rstever kidney transplant, also performed at the U of M. In the past half century, the University has established its place as a world leader in solid organ transplant.

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