Debbie Thurmond, Ph.D., the Ruth B. & Robert K. Lanman Chair in Gene Regulation and Drug Discovery Research, and professor and founding chair of the Department of Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology, delivered the eighth John K. and Mary E. Davidson Lectureship and Award in the Department of Physiology at the University of Toronto.
The Davidson Lecture and Award is given every other year to an investigator pursuing diabetes research. It was at the University of Toronto that orthopedic surgeon Frederick Banting and his assistant Charles Best discovered insulin in 1921, breaking new ground in the treatment of diabetes.
Thurmond’s presentation, “Daring to Defy Diabetes and Metabolic Dysfunction via Multi-tasking,” describes her own career in diabetes research and the progress she’s made as a scientist in the Diabetes & Metabolism Research Institute at City of Hope and a key member of The Wanek Family Project for Type 1 Diabetes.
Thurmond’s work is supported by five research awards from the National Institutes of Health, the JDRF and the American Heart Association. In the fall of 2018, Thurmond and her lab team were published in an issue of the journal Diabetes for their discovery and identification of a new potential target that can keep the immune system stable and islet beta cells healthy, ultimately keeping type 1 diabetes in check.