AUBURN – Auburn University will host its third annual Boshell Diabetes Research Day on March 26 at The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center, featuring some of the nation’s top diabetes researchers.
“We are bringing together experts from around the United States to present the latest research related to diabetes and the role of obesity in its development,” said Robert Judd, the Boshell Chair in Diabetes and Metabolic Diseases in Auburn’s College of Veterinary Medicine. “We will have presentations and scientific posters from a number of Auburn faculty as well as from other major institutions.”
The keynote speaker will be Michael Quon, chief of the Diabetes Unit in the Laboratory of Clinical Investigation, National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, National Institutes of Health. He will speak at 10:30 a.m. Teresa Davis, professor of pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine, will present the plenary lecture at 1 p.m. Elizabeth Furdell, professor of history at the University of North Florida, will be the guest speaker at a 6:30 p.m. dinner, which is open to the public.
Thirty-two Auburn faculty are part of the university’s Boshell Diabetes and Metabolic Diseases Research Program that was established by the Diabetes Trust Fund in 2003 to honor the late Buris R. Boshell. He was a 1947 Auburn College of Agriculture graduate who attended the veterinary college for two years before transferring to Harvard Medical School. He served on the faculty of the University of Alabama at Birmingham Medical Center and was instrumental in establishing its Diabetes Research and Education Hospital. He also built the Boshell Diabetes and Endocrine Center in Birmingham.
At Auburn, funds generated by the Boshell endowment enhance the university’s research efforts to improve the lives of people as well as pets, which are also susceptible to diabetes, through investigation into the causes and treatment of diabetes and other metabolic diseases.
Diabetes occurs when the body doesn’t produce enough insulin or cannot properly utilize it. This makes it difficult for blood sugar to enter the body’s cells, and if left untreated, it can lead to blindness, kidney failure, stroke, amputations, and the increased risk of cardiovascular disease. It is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States.
(Written by Charles Martin.)