A $10.8 million federally funded grant awarded to an Oklahoma City research facility will better enable scientists to examine the causes and complications of diabetes, officials said Thursday.
The Harold Hamm Diabetes Center at the University of Oklahoma announced the grant from the National Institutes of Health.
The money could help researchers find new methods of treatment, and in some cases, prevent complications of diabetes altogether.
“We can no longer ignore the impact of diabetes on our state and on the world,” said OU President David L. Boren in a news release. “It is estimated that diabetes costs Oklahoma alone more than $3 billion each year, and the Centers for Disease Control predicts that 1 in 3 children born in the year 2000 will develop diabetes during their lifetime. This grant will help our researchers at Harold Hamm Diabetes Center to continue to lead the fight against these alarming statistics.”
The grant from the National Institutes of Health's Center of Biomedical Research Excellence will provide young researchers with the resources to build a strong foundation for research aimed at treating and preventing diabetes.
Thanks to the funding, senior researchers serve as mentors to junior researchers. The grant also provides funding to continue development and diabetes research.
The money is a renewal of a $12 million grant awarded to the center in 2006, resulting in about $23 million in total funding from the program. Five of the junior investigators who had projects funded by the 2006 grant were able to obtain independent grant funding for diabetes research at the center.
The money will aid researchers focused on diabetes-related cardiovascular disease, vascular damage, vision loss and tissue damage, among other things.