Minnesota philanthropists Wendy and Douglas Dayton made a $250,000 gift in May to advance University research in type 2 diabetes and breast cancer. Of that gift, $125,000 was used to purchase a piece of equipment called a Seahorse for the diabetes research of David Bernlohr, Ph.D.
The Seahorse measures metabolic activity in muscle, stem cells, beta cells, and the liver. It will allow Bernlohr to evaluate drugs that could improve insulin action. All investigators who study insulin action at the University will have access to this technology as well.