Debbie Thurmond, Ph.D., honored for 'outstanding diabetes research'
February 26, 2019
| by Michael Easterling
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.