Discovery by Diabetes Center Researchers Helps to Explain How T2D Develops in People with Obesity

Suneil Koliwad, MD, PhD

Finding sheds new light on how to prevent T2D and other metabolic diseases linked to excess dietary fat

Diabetes Center at UCSF

SAN FRANCISCO (March 10, 2016) – A research team led by the Diabetes Center’s Suneil Koliwad, MD, PhD, the Gerold Grodsky, PhD/JAB Chair in Diabetes Research, has discovered a pathway through which unhealthy saturated fats can “short-circuit” immune cells, triggering an inappropriate inflammatory response. Published today in the influential journal Cell Reports, the finding has important implications for the development of potential therapies to reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes.

Read more about the Koliwad team’s research here.


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