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New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell is First New York Medical Center to Offer Tantalus Clinical Trial to Diabetes Patients
Date:3/28/2008

ters will also be studied," says Dr. Gregory F. Dakin, the study's co-principal investigator, bariatric and laparoscopic surgeon at New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell and assistant professor of surgery at Weill Cornell Medical College.

To be considered for the trial, patients must meet certain inclusion criteria, including a diagnosis of type-2 diabetes (treated with oral medications, only), a body mass index (BMI) between 28 and 45 kg/m2 and an age between 18 and 70 years. BMI can be determined by using an online calculator and entering weight and height information (one example here: http://www.nhlbisupport.com/bmi/).

New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell is one of thirty sites in the U.S. participating in the study, which is funded by MetaCure, the manufacturer of Tantalus. The device is currently CE-marked in Europe.

The national epidemic of type-2 diabetes, most often associated with being overweight, continues to accelerate and affects more than 20 million Americans. About one million new people are diagnosed with the disease annually. The most common form of diabetes, type-2 diabetes, left untreated, may result in damage to the eyes, kidneys, nerves or heart and lead to major health complications later in life, or to death.

For more information on and to be considered for the study, please call the study coordinator at (212) 583-1000 or email smw2004@med.cornell.edu.


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