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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.

50 Year Medalists’ Biochemistry Clue Researchers to the Source of Complications or “The Question Is, My Dear Watson, Why Did the Dog Not Bark?”

The Joslin 50-Year Medalist Study AARON VINIK, MD, PHD, FCP, MACP The Joslin Gold Medalists comprise 351 U.S. residents who have survived with type 1 diabetes for more than 50 years. A high proportion of Medalists remain free from proliferative diabetic retinopathy (PDR) (42.6%), nephropathy (86.9%), neuropathy (39.4%), or cardiovascular …

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