City of Hope diabetes researcher Debbie C. Thurmond named Ruth B. & Robert K. Lanman Chair in Gene Regulation and Drug Discovery Research

January 30, 2017
Letisia Marquez
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DUARTE, Calif.Debbie C. Thurmond, Ph.D., a professor in City of Hope’s Diabetes and Metabolism Research Institute and founding chair of the Department of Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology, has been named the Ruth B. & Robert K. Lanman Chair in Gene Regulation and Drug Discovery Research.

The late Ruth B. and Robert K. Lanman established the gift in 2005 with an endowment of $2.5 million. Thurmond is the second City of Hope scientist to serve as the Lanman chair.

“City of Hope is grateful for the Lanmans’ vision to impact future generations with their generous endowment,” said Robert W. Stone, president and chief executive officer of City of Hope. “Dr. Thurmond is a renowned researcher in beta cell biology and skeletal muscle biology, and her work is focused on vastly improving treatment options for more than 28 million Americans who are battling diabetes, as well as developing better prevention efforts against the disease.”

Thurmond is also a member of the Wanek Family Project to Cure Type 1 Diabetes team, a $50 million initiative which aims to find a cure for type 1 diabetes in six years.

Thurmond and her team lead efforts to identify cellular and molecular mechanisms in diabetes development and find therapies that can stop or reverse the disease’s progression. One of her projects focuses on boosting the body’s ability to make and support insulin-producing cells to maintain healthy blood sugar levels, as well as to boost muscle insulin responsiveness to combat prediabetes and type 2 diabetes.

Thurmond’s team is also working on improving islet cell transplantation and biomarkers for detecting diabetes development.

Thurmond received her doctorate at the University of Iowa, where she also completed her postdoctoral training. She earned her Master of Science and Bachelor of Science degrees from the University of California, Davis. She currently serves on multiple editorial boards, international grant review panels and as associate editor for Diabetologia.

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