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The American Diabetes Association reports that diabetes affects over 29 million Americans. Over 347 million people worldwide have the disease, and millions more are considered pre-diabetic or insulin resistant. NC Research Campus scientists and doctors (below) are approaching the prevention and treatment of diabetes using novel nutritional approaches and new models of patient care. To the right, keep up with the latest journal articles and news about diabetes research at the NC Research Campus.


Cabarrus Health Alliance Director William Pilkington, DPA, overseas the Southeastern Diabetes Initiative (SEDI). SEDI establishes new methods of patient care by working with area doctors and providing ongoing support, mentoring, coaching and educational opportunities to program participants.  SEDI is part of a $9.7 million award from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) Health Care Innovation Awards grant managed by the Duke Translational Medicine Institute. Learn more.

Wen Hong Cao, MD, investigates mechanisms of obesity, insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes mellitus and their associated cardiovascular disorders in order to find more effective means of prevention and treatment. Dr. Cao opened JC Med, LLC, a start-up company producing products aimed at preventing insulin resistance, in ready-to-go lab space at the NCRC. Learn more.



The David H. Murdock Research Institute (DHMRI) has extensive experience working with large pharmaceutical partners and academic consortia assessing new therapeutic approaches and early detection of disease in both Type I and Type II diabetes. The DHMRI provides diabetes researchers biomarker, clinical chemistry and immunology analysis for both in vivo and in vitro models. Learn More


Slavko Komarnytsky, PhD, is an expert in metabolic biology and pharmacogenomics and an assistant professor with the NC State Plants for Human Health Institute. His research centers on how dietary bioactive components prevent chronic metabolic diseases and inflammation, with a specific emphasis on the pathological mechanisms of insulin resistance and muscle loss. Learn more.


Led by Mary Ann Lila, PhD, much of the research at the NC State University Plants for Human Health Institute examines the bioactive compounds in fruits and vegetables to unlock their curative potential, especially in regard to diabetes and other chronic diseases. Learn more.



Shengmin Sang, PhD, associate professor specializing in functional foods with the NCA&T Center for Post-Harvest Technologies, researches preventative and therapeutic measures for chronic diseases like cancer and diabetes by using metabolomics to identify dietary exposure markers and bioactive compounds. Learn more.

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Qibin Zhang, PhD, co-director of the UNC Greensboro Center for Translational Biomedical Research, is an expert in biomedical research using mass spectrometry and other advanced instrumentation to study type 1 diabetes and proteins and lipids as biomarkers of disease progression. Learn more.


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