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To cheers, applause and the snip of scissors across green satin ribbon, USF’s long-standing diabetes program ceremoniously opened its new facility Nov. 14 – World Diabetes Day – on the fifth floor of the Carol & Frank Morsani Center for Advanced Healthcare.

Along with the good news of the Center’s new 10,000-square-foot home, the day included announcements of two new grants for diabetes research: a $3.5 million grant from the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) and a $55.9 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

The first — a three-year, $3.5 million grant from JDRF — will help researchers determine whether earlier diagnosis and intervention leads to improved long-term outcomes for children and adults with Type 1 diabetes.

The second — a five-year $55.9 million grant from the NIH – will build upon preliminary findings from TEDDY, or The Environmental Determinants of Diabetes in the Young study, which is investigating the role that diet, infections and other environmental factors may play in triggering autoimmunity and type 1 diabetes.

“This new grant will help initiate a new era of discovery in looking at causes related to diabetes,” said Dr. Krischer, the pediatric endocrinologist who led the effort to build the Center. “It will enable us to apply human genomics, metabalomics and epigenetics – all cutting edge science – to new investigations of gene-environment interactions as potential contributors to the development of Type 1 diabetes.”

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