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New Building at University of Michigan Health System Expands Eye Care, Unites Diabetes Researchers
Date:2/26/2010

"Like in any vibrant and growing medical center, research space is terribly precious and scarce," says Peter Arvan, M.D., Ph.D., the Brehm Professor of Type 1 Diabetes Research, chief of the Division of Metabolism, Endocrinology & Diabetes and director of the Comprehensive Diabetes Center. "Bill Brehm has jump-started the process of making Michigan the leading national center for diabetes research."

The proximity is expected to help U-M vision researchers and diabetes researchers collaborate on studies of eye-related complications of diabetes, notably diabetic retinopathy.

People with either form of diabetes -- type 1, sometimes called "juvenile" diabetes, and type 2, which is linked to obesity -- are especially prone to eye disease. Many of them will, over time, lose some or all of their eyesight due to diabetic retinopathy. People with diabetes are also far more prone to other eye diseases, including glaucoma and cataracts.

In addition to a national reputation in studies of diabetic retinopathy, the U-M is a leader in other areas of vision care and research, including cataracts, glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration (AMD), and other conditions of the aging
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