Public Domain image via Wikimedia Commons.
Public Domain image via Wikimedia Commons.

An expert in the biological underpinnings of diabetes has joined City of Hope as professor and founding chair of the Department of Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology within the institution’s new Diabetes & Metabolism Research Institute.

Research scientiest Debbie C. Thurmond will lead City of Hope’s efforts to develop new diabetes treatments, focusing on potential therapies that can reverse or prevent the onset of the disease.

Thurmond comes to City of Hope from Indiana University, where she was a professor of pediatrics and associate director of the Basic Diabetes Research Group within the Herman B Wells Center for Pediatric Research.

City of Hope in 2014 launched the institute as an expansion of its existing diabetes program.

“City of Hope has a long and strong history of groundbreaking diabetes discoveries, and my team and I are extremely delighted and excited to join such an exemplary institution,” said Thurmond, who will be bringing a team of researchers with her.

“The superb human islet research group and core facilities will help build our research programs in the prevention of, and treatments for, type 1 and type 2 diabetes in ways not previously imaginable,” she said.

—City News Service

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