October 2014

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The University of Florida Diabetes Institute

The University of Florida Diabetes Institute

Together, UF is moving forward as a national leader in diabetes research, education, and patient care. Learn about the new developments that will strengthen ties between diabetes researchers across disciplines.

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On the Same Page: The UF Diabetes Institute

On the Same Page: The UF Diabetes Institute

In the latest issue of On the Same Page, UF Health president David S. Guzick, M.D., PhD., details the events leading up to the formation of the new UF Diabetes Institute — a collaboration of dozens of researchers campuswide all focused on forging new advances in treatment for a disease that afflicts an estimated 29.1 million Americans and 1 in 10 Floridians. READ MORE »

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Diabetes and Dental Care

Health Spotlight: Diabetes and dental care

Dental hygiene is a cornerstone of diabetes management. UF researchers have found that people with diabetes are more likely to develop serious gum disease and other oral health problems. Meet the UF College of Dentistry team leading this work. READ MORE » 

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UF/IFAS Extension leads Diabetes Prevention

UF/IFAS Extension leads new diabetes outreach efforts in Florida 

Residents in Marion, Putnam and Suwannee counties can now take advantage of a new education series offered by UF/IFAS faculty to help control and prevent the growing burden of diabetes and prediabetes throughout the state. 

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UF welcomes Dr. Stabler

Dr. Cherie Stabler, Ph.D. will join the UF Department of Biomedical Engineering in Spring 2015. Dr. Stabler's background in tissue engineering for the treatment of Type 1 diabetes represents a missing link in our internationally recognized Diabetes Institute. 

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Diabetes Research News 

Visit diabetes.ufl.edu/research for a complete list of ongoing studies

UF study aims to assess prevalence of fatty liver in African-Americans

UF study aims to assess prevalence of fatty liver in African-Americans

A fatty liver is now the most common chronic liver condition in adult Americans and will soon be the leading cause of end-stage liver disease in patients who are obese or have T2DM. University of Florida researchers are conducting a pilot study to determine whether African-Americans accumulate fat in their livers in a similar way to Caucasians and Hispanics in order to develop novel insight for early diagnosis and treatment for the condition. 

New research study to assess the role of Canagliflozin in patients w/ fatty liver

In collaboration with the University of California at San Diego (UCSD), researchers in the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism at the University of Florida will soon start a new study to assess if a recently FDA-approved drug for type II diabetes mellitus (T2DM), Canagliflozin (Invokana®), can be used to treat patients with a fatty liver. Invokana® is a member of a new group of diabetes medications that is characterized by inhibiting glucose reabsorption in the kidneys. This results in a significant glucose-lowering effect as glucose is eliminated with the urine.

The multi center study is sponsored by Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Enrolled patients will be followed for six months. Liver fat will be measured by magnetic resonance imaging and spectroscopy at the beginning and the end of the study. Insulin action during a euglycemic insulin clamp will also be measured twice during the study to assess the effects of Canagliflozin on it. For more information, call 352-273-8662. 

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On the rise

The University of Florida received nearly $20 million in federal funding for diabetes research in 2013.

Learn about other accomplishments in the UF College of Medicine that are paving a path to preeminence in the latest edition of Florida Physician magazine; now available for download in iTunes

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Diabetes Faculty Profile

Dr. Ashby Walker, Ph.D. is a research assistant professor at the Department of Health Outcomes and Policy and the Institute for Child Health Policy. She also holds a courtesy appointment in the Department of Pediatrics.

Dr. Walker’s areas of research include medical sociology and health disparities with a particular focus on pediatric diabetes and the role of social capital in determining health outcomes. Dr. Walker coordinates the research components of the Florida Healthy Kids program evaluation team, which examines quality of care delivered to children enrolled in this statewide initiative. She is lead author on recent manuscripts published in the Journal of Infant, Child and Adolescent Nutrition and Diabetes Spectrum. Dr. Walker has taught a wide range of classes including The Sociology of Food and Eating, Medical Sociology and Research Methods. She is the recipient of five teaching awards (Emory University 2005, and Mars Hill University 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013) and is a former Sloan Research Fellow.

Dr. Mark Rice, M.D. received his medical degree from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and is associate professor of anesthesiology at the University of Florida College of Medicine. He is the current section chief for the division of general surgery and past chief of the liver transplantation division. His academic interests include the accuracy, interferences and statistical analysis of point-of-care blood analyte measurement devices. He has published numerous research articles, reviews and editorials regarding the use and statistical analysis of various blood glucose (BG) and hemoglobin point-of-care devices. 

Dr. Rice recently presented at the 2014 International Hospital Diabetes Meeting in Arlington, Va. on the merits of common technologies used for BG monitoring in a hospital setting. 

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New diabetes program for GatorCare members

New diabetes program for GatorCare members

GatorCare offers multiple health insurance plans to eligible employee groups associated with the University of Florida and its affiliates. Are you a GatorCare member diagnosed with diabetes? Learn about a new program designed to help you manage your condition and your health. This program is open to GatorCare members and their covered dependents. Call 352-733-9202 or email morgan.papworth@floridablue.com for eligibility.

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Your participation is incredibly valuable

Visit www.diaTribe.org/survey to take a short survey that will help prepare diabetes representatives for a meeting with the FDA on November 3rd, 2014.. The purpose of the survey is to understand the needs and concerns of the diabetes population. Please participate and help people with diabetes gain better access to drugs and devices that will improve lives.

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ADA position statement addresses diabetes in child care setting

ADA releases position statement on caring for young children with type 1 diabetes

Families of young children with diabetes may feel insecure about putting their kids in the hands of a childcare provider. Recently, the American Diabetes Association published a new position statement to help childcare providers, parents and guardians be confident in understanding the legal protections for children and the resources available to improve management needs in a child care setting. 

Advocacy update: Have you had problems getting day care for your child because the day care won't let your child attend because of diabetes? Or does the program refuse to provide care like blood glucose monitoring and insulin administration? Can your child attend Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten?

The American Diabetes Association is fighting to make sure child care providers in Florida meet their legal obligation to serve kids with diabetes. Your stories of how your child was or is being treated unfairly in the current or prior school year can help us in this effort. If you have a story to tell about this or you need help getting fair treatment for your child, please contact us at 1-800-DIABETES or askADA@diabetes.org. Ask how you can be put in touch with a legal advocate. You'll be given a short form to fill out, which you can return by email, and then have the opportunity to speak with an experienced disability rights attorney. Visit our Child Care page at www.diabetes.org/childcare

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The Faces of Diabetes

Remember "Leave It to Beaver," the TV sitcom? Jerry Mathers, who played Beaver on the show, later suffered from painful diabetic neuropathy. Mathers and UF College of Medicine Jacksonville neurology chair Alan Berger, MD, discuss symptoms and treatments for the condition in this radio interview. 

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Diabetes research at 
UF Health Jacksonville

Collaboration is at the core of the UF Health Diabetes Institute. Through partnerships with regional, national and gloabal agencies, we are internationally recognized for excellence. Learn about diabetes research teams at UF Health Jacksonville, working to improve lives, reduce complications and empower patients to make healthy lifestyle changes.

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Just one more thing...

November is Diabetes Awareness Month at the University of Florida 

Join members of the community, patients, researchers, and care providers as we celebrate, educate and share our desire to raise awareness for diabetes. Visit diabetes.ufl.edu/diabetes-month/ to learn about events planned throughout November. Be a part of making a positive impact in the lives of all who have been impacted by this disease. 

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