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Rithwick Rahjagopal, MD, PhD and Clay F. Semenkovich, MD

Rajagopal awarded Young Physician-Scientist honor

Rithwick Rajagopal, MD, PhD, an assistant professor of ophthalmology and visual sciences at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, has received a Young Physician-Scientist Award from the American Society for Clinical Investigation. Rajagopal, working with Clay F. Semen...
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Genetic error that increases risk of aortic rupture identified

A study led by Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, in collaboration with Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, has identified a genetic error that weakens the aorta, placing patients with this and similar errors at high risk of aortic aneurysms and ruptures. The f...
Genetic Master Switch

New clues found to immune system’s misfiring in autoimmune diseases

A person’s genetic makeup plays a role in autoimmune diseases such as multiple sclerosis that develop when the body is attacked by its own immune system. But little is known about how immune cells are pushed into overdrive. Now, in new research that points to potential therapeutic tar...
Clay F. Semenkovich, MD

Clay F. Semenkovich, M.D. Receives the American Diabetes Association’s 2016 Edwin Bierman Award

Congratulations to Clay F. Semenkovich, M.D. who was named the 2016 recipient of the Edwin Bierman Award by the American Diabetes Association. This lecture is awarded in honor of the memory of Edwin L. Bierman, MD. Dr. Bierman was an exemplary scientist, mentor and leader in the field...
Jeffery R. Millman, PhD

Stem cells from diabetic patients coaxed to become insulin-secreting cells

Signaling a potential new approach to treating diabetes, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and Harvard University have produced insulin-secreting cells from stem cells derived from patients with type 1 diabetes. People with this form of diabetes can’...
Rithwick Rahjagopal, MD, PhD and Clay F. Semenkovich, MD

Nerve injury appears to be root of diabetes-related vision loss

Diabetes-related vision loss most often is blamed on blood vessel damage in and around the retina, but new research indicates that much of that vision loss may result from nerve cell injury that occurs long before any blood vessels are damaged. The finding — from scientists at Washing...
Jean E. Schaffer, MD

Jean E. Schaffer, MD recipient of Distinguished Investigator Award

Jean E. Schaffer, MD, the Virginia Minnich Distinguished Professor of Medicine and Director of the Diabetes Research Center and Diabetic Cardiovascular Disease Center, is recognized for her distinguished contributions advancing the understanding of cardiovascular pathophysiology in me...
Islet Mills Lab

Rare form of diabetes may require alternate treatment

Patients with a rare, genetic form of diabetes often are misdiagnosed as having type 2 diabetes because the two share symptoms. But new research at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis suggests that treating such patients with therapies designed for type 2 diabetes is...
Daniel S. Ory, MD

Patient advocacy key to finding new treatments for rare diseases

An article written by Daniel S. Ory, MD appearing at Congress Blog on thehill.com Patient advocacy key to finding new treatments for rare diseases ...

In obese patients, 5 percent weight loss has significant health benefits

For patients with obesity trying to lose weight, the greatest health benefits come from losing just 5 percent of their body weight, according to a new study at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Researchers found that the relatively small weight loss markedly lower...