JDRF Research road tour coming March 31

By Frank Lewis - [email protected]

The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) is taking its team of Research Information Volunteers (RIV’s) out on the road to share updates to the JDRF Southwest Ohio community, and they will be stopping at the hospital lobby at King’s Daughters Medical Center Ohio at 2001 Scioto Trail in Portsmouth on March 31 at 6 p.m.

“We have been afforded a great opportunity with JDRF that I am really excited to share with everyone. JDRF has selected a few regions as part of their ‘Research Road Tour’ and a research expert from JDRF will share with our group at KDMC Ohio in Portsmouth information on current research and technologies involving Type 1 Diabetes,” Malissa Sarver, dietician at KDMC said. “This is a great chance for not only the T1D community to come out and hear about these topics but many others in the community as well. I’m hoping we have teachers, school nurses, health care workers, and anyone in our community partake in this great event.”

Subjects to be discussed include the artificial pancreas with Medtronics. The system is the first ever approved to automate the dosing of insulin to reduce high blood sugar levels. Beta Cell encapsulation and other discoveries.

“Beta Cell encapsulation is a kind of membrane and the research they’re doing with this is that they’ll be able to use stem cells that will be able to produce insulin because Type-1 Diabetes is an autoimmune disease,” Sarver said. “So for whatever reason the person’s immune system has attacked their beta cells which produces insulin on the pancreas, so the pancreas doesn’t work anymore. With this encapsulation, if they can encapsulate these beta cells, the hope is that it will produce insulin in the person with Type-1 Diabetes, but also have a protective membrane to protect against the autoimmune response.”

Sarver said the public is invited the the presentation in addition to those already involved in the local Type-1 group

“We would also like to get others as well,” Sarver said. “Teachers, principals, custodians, we’d really like to get the schools involved, because we’re seeing more and more children with Type-1 Diabetes, but also adult groups as well because Type-1 doesn’t affect just children and it’s also lifelong. We would also like to have health care professionals. If we could get nurses, physicians, nurse practitioners, PAs, EMTs, we would love to get these people involved as well.

Sarver said light refreshments will be served and anyone wishing to register can call JDRF at 513-793-3223 or Sarver at 740-991-1430.

By Frank Lewis

[email protected]

Reach Frank Lewis at 740-353-3101, ext. 1928, or on Twitter @franklewis.

Reach Frank Lewis at 740-353-3101, ext. 1928, or on Twitter @franklewis.