U researchers explore benefits of gastric bypass, lifestyle changes
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.
A family foundation backs research extending the life of donor pancreases
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.
The University of Minnesota and Park Nicollet International Diabetes Center are seeking volunteers to take part in a study comparing the long-term benefits and risks of four widely used diabetes drugs in combination with metformin, the most common first-line medication for treating type 2 diabetes.