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University of South Florida receives new multimillion award to assess juvenile diabetes treatments
Date:7/31/2008

Tampa, FL (July 31, 2008) -- The National Institutes of Health has awarded $128 million to the University of South Florida research team led by Jeffrey Krischer, PhD, to coordinate worldwide studies on the prevention and treatment of juvenile diabetes. This latest funding, a seven-year award, supports Dr. Krischer's coordination of the NIH network of clinical research centers known as TrialNet.

The award adds to the $169 million received last year by Dr. Krischer, a professor of pediatrics, to coordinate studies examining the causes of juvenile diabetes. That previously funded 10-year NIH study, known as TEDDY (The Environmental Determinants of Diabetes in the Young), is seeking to explain why the incidence of diabetes in the very young has doubled since the 1980s. The $169-million grant was the largest in USF's history.

"Dr. Krischer's new TrialNet grant will catapult USF to the top 50 for NIH funding to medical schools," said Stephen Klasko, MD, MBA, senior vice president for USF Health and dean of the College of Medicine. "Almost every major effort worldwide to eliminate type 1 diabetes for the next generation comes through here."

"Jeff sees connections other people don't see. He uses tools in new ways to solve very complex problems," said Karen Holbrook, PhD, vice president for research and innovation at USF. "It's an extraordinary program that is doing as much as any program today for people around the globe. It is innovative, and it is important."

Type 1 diabetes, also known as juvenile diabetes, is one of the most common and serious long-term diseases in children and adolescents. It is a disease in which the body's immune system attacks the cells that make insulin a hormone that keeps blood sugar levels stable. Its treatment requires a life-long commitment to daily insulin injections and significant lifestyle changes.

TrialNet will screen more than 150,000 children and adults, identifying those with
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Contact: Anne DeLotto Baier
abaier@health.usf.edu
813-974-3300
University of South Florida Health
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