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Diabetes, Obesity targets of University of Toledo researchers


The University of Toledo highlighted the importance of finding the physiological and scientific links between diabetes and obesity and the development of medical treatments that can help slow or reverse diabetic effects, by opening a new research facility on May 15, 2007, which hopes to solve those problems, as it celebrated the completion of the Center for Diabetes and Endocrine Research (CeDER).


CeDER was established in February 2006 to bring together scientists to explore the basic science behind diabetes and other endocrine disorders and sought better understanding and treatment for the disease and the damage it causes to the kidneys, heart, nerves, eyes, limbs, and the immune system.


The laboratory is designed to be flexible so that it will be able to adapt to the changing needs as advances. The new lab is part of extensive renovations that are being made to laboratories in the Block Health Science Building .


The Center’s director, Dr. Sonia Najjar, professor of physiology, pharmacology, metabolism and cardiovascular diseases and director of the Molecular Basis of Disease Program, addressed the audience along with Dr. Jeffrey Gold, provost and executive vice president for health affairs and dean of the College of Medicine.


“My goal is to establish cross-disciplinary collaborations around existing scientific strengths in order to position ourselves to attract more federal support for program projects and training grants,” Najjar said. “The center will link people together who are focusing on obesity and diabetes and their complications. Research into diabetes and obesity is of great benefit to the public given the epidemic spread of these diseases. A state-of-the-art facility will help foster the academic interaction, which is required for the scientific growth.”






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