All throughout the month of September, the Joslin Blog is highlighting stories about how your eyes are affected by diabetes and how Joslin researchers are working to help detect and treat diabetic eye disease. This story was originally posted on March 11, 2015.
Each year, amidst chefs’ tasting booths and silent auction items at the Taste of Ginger event (formerly known as A Spoonful of Ginger), Joslin’s Asian American Diabetes Initiative (AADI) honors a member of the community who has helped further the mission of awareness about diabetes in Asian communities. The 11th Ginger event, to be held on March 23 at the Museum of Fine Arts will highlight the contributions of Jennifer Sun, M.D., M.P.H., of the Beetham Eye Institute at Joslin Diabetes Center.
“Dr. Sun and her husband David have been helping the Asian American community and AADI for many years,” said George King, M.D., Director and Founder of the AADI, and the Chief Scientific Officer of Joslin Diabetes Center.
Both Dr. Sun and David have been active in the Ginger event for years, while also giving support to the AADI’s outreach efforts. In addition, they nominated Dr. King to the Asian American Commission of Massachusetts, which gave the AADI and Joslin a voice in the state government, allowing for an influence in the shape of care and lifestyle improvements for Asian Americans in the community.
In addition to her philanthropy, Dr. Sun’s research into diabetic eye disease has helped to improve the sight and lives of millions of people with diabetes. Over the last few years, she has been instrumental in helping to design and implement multiple studies through the Diabetic Retinopathy Clinical Research Network that have changed the standard of care for patients at risk for vision loss from diabetic eye complications. She joined Joslin 9 years ago, pleased to be surrounded by physicians and researchers focused on diabetes, since her father had been living with type 2 diabetes for decades. “For me, there’s a very personal investment in trying to figure out how to deal with diabetic eye complications,” says Dr. Sun. Continue reading–>