Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Gives $15.5 Million to University of Pennsylvania

The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International has announced a two-part $15.5 million grant to fund continuing research in juvenile diabetes at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.

The JDRF-W.W. Smith Charitable Trust Center for Islet Transplantation will receive $8.1 million over five years to advance procedures for transplanting groups of small pancreatic cells called islets that secrete insulin and can restore normal insulin production to people with juvenile diabetes. The Center will focus on creating drug treatments and generating highly purified islets for transplantation so that patients' immune systems do not reject them.

In addition, Penn's JDRF Center for Gene Therapy will receive $7.57 million for research that focuses on improving gene transfer technology and gene therapy to alleviate complications of juvenile diabetes, such as abnormal blood vessel growth.

"University of Pennsylvania Receives Over $15.5 Million Grant for Cutting-Edge Diabetes Research" University of Pennsylvania Health System Press Release 11/13/2001.