Susan Bonner-Weir, Ph.D., Becomes AAAS Fellow Member

Dr. Bonner-Weir
Dr. Bonner-Weir

Susan Bonner-Weir, Ph.D., studies beta cells—those cells in the pancreas responsible for secreting insulin.

For over twenty-five years her research has specifically focused around these cells that are subject to autoimmune onslaught in type 1 diabetes as well as dysfunction in type 2 diabetes. By looking at these cells both in living bodies and in petri dishes, she has examined how beta cells function and grow normally, and what happens to the cells in people with diabetes.

In February, the American for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) inducted Dr. Bonner-Weir as a Fellow for her major contributions made in the areas of architecture and function of the islet, in vivo regulation of β-cell mass, and islet growth and differentiation.

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1 Comment

  1. I have always wondered why the autoimmune system attacks the beta cells. What
    research has been done on this problem? I have been a type I diabetic since 1958.
    While in college I did a research study on the changes of amino acids during periods
    of hyperglycemia. I am hoping that stem cell research will someday cure people that
    have type I diabetes. Thanks again,
    Glen Deason
    (retired chemist)

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