Talk on ‘What is neonatal diabetes?’, Mon 23 May 2022
Exeter University are world leading experts in neonatal diabetes research. Their capacity for testing this rare condition is ten times that of any other faculty in the world. Neonatal diabetes is typically diagnosed in babies within the first six months of life.
In contrast to type 1 diabetes which is caused by autoimmunity, neonatal diabetes results from a change in single genes which are involved in keeping insulin-producing cells in the pancreas working properly. This genetic change results in life threatening diabetes soon after birth.
Our speaker is Dr Elisa De Franco, who was awarded a prestigious RD Lawrence Fellowship in 2019, which provides five years of funding for her research at the University of Exeter into the genetic cause of diabetes in babies soon after birth.
For more information: www.diabetesgenes.org and https://www.exeter.ac.uk/research/diabetes/genetic-research/