Even though the Diabetes Center has already received significant funding from the California Institute of Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) for our stem cell research, it was exciting that our expertise in immune tolerance research was recognized and supported through two awards approved by CIRM’s Governing Board on June 22nd.
It is hard to believe that a single patient can lead to new insights into autoimmune disease that merit publication in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) . In a recent Letter to the Editor in the journal, our DC investigators report the case of a patient seen at the San Francisco General Hospital with symptoms of autoimmune polyglandular syndrome type 1 (APS1). APS1 is a disease characterized by multiple autoimmune disorders, often including type 1 diabetes.
Thanks to the very generous support of longtime supporters, Bob and Michelle Friend, a new Endowed Chair in the Diabetes Center has been created. Selected as the recipient of the Robert B. Friend and Michelle M. Friend Endowed Chair in Diabetes Research is Mark Anderson, MD, PhD Dr. Anderson is one of only a handful of researchers around the world making significant progress in solving the problem of autoimmunity by exploring the molecular mechanisms that underlie autoimmune disorders.