Taking Shots at Type 1: How Research from BGU Is Helping Children with Diabetes

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Date(s) - Tuesday, September 19, 2017
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

JCC Park Heights


American Associates, Ben Gurion University of the Negev Washington/Baltimore Region in collaboration with the Baltimore Jewish Council, Baltimore Zionist District, and Science Abroad cordially invites you to hear from Prof. Eli Lewis.

Professor Lewis is the Director of the Clinical Islet Laboratory and the Chair of the Department of Clinical Biochemistry and Pharmacology at Ben Gurion University of the Negev.

Prof. Lewis, Ph.D., is breaking new ground in seeking a cure for Type 1 Diabetes. His work focuses on improving the survival and function of insulin-producing cells in people with diabetes. he and his team recently discovered a common, easily accessible drug that can protect the cells, which reverses diabetes and restores glucose control. Three clinical trials have recently been completed. This profound discovery has now been extended to allow successful pancreatic islet cell transplants from animals to benefit people with Type 1 Diabetes. Professor Lewis has been awarded prestigious research grants by several foundations, including the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) and the Israel Science Foundation.