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Aaron I. Vinik, MD, PhD, FCP, MACP

Aaron I. Vinik, MD, PhD, FCP, MACP
(Advisory Board Member) Dr. Vinik has brought international recognition to Virginia as a result of his research and recent discovery of a gene, which could prove to be a cure for diabetes. The gene, INGAP (islet neogenesis associated protein) is responsible, either alone or in combination with other factors, for stimulating immature cells in the diabetic pancreas to produce insulin. When INGAP protein was administered to diabetic hamsters it was shown to reverse diabetes in 40% to 50% of animals. Animal studies were followed by human, multi-center clinical studies in both type 1 and type 2 diabetes, carried out by some of the most highly recognized investigators in the country; the results showed that even in type 1 diabetes an increase in C- peptide, (a measure of islet function), could be induced after 3 months of treatment.

Aaron Vinik 2018 Complete Interview

AARON I. VINIK, MD, PhD, FCP, MACP, FACE is a global leader in basic and clinical neuropathy. He, in essence, has defined the heterogeneity of neuropathy, established a need for a modular approach depending on the particular nerve fiber damaged, and pioneered immunotherapy for autoimmune neuropathies.  He was awarded a lifetime achievement award by EASD Neurodiab in 2011 for his contributions to the understanding of neuropathies. In 2016, he received the American College of Endocrinology (AACE) Distinction in Endocrinology Award in recognition of advancing the understanding of endocrinology through research and education.

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Aaron Vinik 2018 Full Interview

In this Exclusive Interview, Aaron Vinik, Diabetes in Control board member, talks with Diabetes in Control Publisher Steve Freed during the AACE 2018 convention in Boston, MA about the current position on the protein INGAP and the work to stop the body's attack on beta cells, which hinders advancement in this research. He also shares on balancing the body's autonomic nervous system.

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