Type 2 Diabetes Research

 

If you have type 2 diabetes, your fat cells, liver, and muscles become progressively less sensitive to insulin – a process called “insulin resistance” – and your body cannot produce enough insulin to overcome this resistance. In other words, the insulin that your body makes works much less efficiently than that of a person who does not have diabetes.

Our research team in the Diabetes Center is shedding new light on the genetic and environmental causes of type 2 diabetes and identifying promising new therapeutic targets. The team’s investigations related to type 2 diabetes focus on pinpointing and better understanding:

  • Genes that control obesity and contribute to type 2 diabetes
  • Proteins that increase insulin resistance and impair glucose tolerance
  • The effect of molecular stress on beta cells in type 2 diabetes