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    Joslin Gold Medalist Research Program
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    JoanPartner posted:
    The Joslin Diabetes Center at Harvard Medical School has been funded to continue the Medalist Research Program.

    Joslin has for many years awarded a "Gold Medal" to Type I diabetics who have survived for 50 years or more. A few years ago, as my wife approached the 50th anniversary of her diagnosis, I applied for the medal for her.

    Shortly after she received her medal, Joslin invited her to fly from coast to coast to participate in some special testing. She does not fly alone, so they agreed to pay round trip tickets for both of us and one night in a hotel near the center.

    She has just been invited to return for some more tests that the results of the first exam suggested. Seems that most Type Is who survive, continue to produce some insulin. It appears that some Beta cells regenerate and then the auto-immune system kicks in again and kills them off. The goal is to find some way to rein in the killer cells and thus convert the natural regeneration into a cure.

    When we learn more, I'll let you know.
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    dgarner11 responded:
    "Seems that most Type Is who survive, continue to produce some insulin. It appears that some Beta cells regenerate and then the auto-immune system kicks in again and kills them off. The goal is to find some way to rein in the killer cells and thus convert the natural regeneration into a cure."

    Yes, I have seen a few speakers talk of this. They said if they can keep 30% beta cells functioning at all times then we would probably be able to get off the insulin. Promising stuff!

    good luck to you and your wife :)
     
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    Lizzy19641951 responded:
    I'm hoping that they will still need 50 year participants in 2014 when I hit the 50 year mark. I would love to be involved in their study. This sounds very promising!
     
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    feelinghigh replied to Lizzy19641951's response:
    I heard about this, very interesting and something to look forward to!


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