UNC Professor Receives Grant for Diabetes Research

Praveen Sethupathy, an assistant professor in the Department of Genetics in the UNC School of Medicine, is one of six scientists to receive a prestigious 2016 Pathway to Stop Diabetes grant award.

The award, given by the American Diabetes Association, comes with $1.625 million over a five-year grant term, along with career support and resources.

Sethupathy received the award for a basic research project that seeks to identify the genetic factors that contribute most to shaping the way the host intestine responds to gut microorganisms and dietary challenges.

“The findings could lead to the identification of new therapeutic targets that may be leveraged to prevent or effectively treat diabetes and related metabolic diseases,” he said.

This is the third year the American Diabetes Association has provided grants through the Pathway to Stop Diabetes research initiative.

Sethupathy is Carolina’s second recipient; Zhen Gu, Ph.D., assistant professor in the UNC-NCSU joint Department of Biomedical Engineering, received an award in 2015.

“Diabetes is a complex, multifactorial disease that presents significant challenges for discovering methods for prevention, treatment and ultimately cures,” said Dr. Desmond Schatz, president of medicine and science at the American Diabetes Association. “We need to recruit the best minds to pursue answers to all of the complexities of diabetes and diabetes-related complications so that we can end this devastating disease.”


Studies On Diabetes and Autism; OWASA Fixes Pipe

CHAPEL HILL – A study by the Gillings School of Global Public Health at UNC found that diets rich in amino and omega-3 fatty acids help young people with Type One diabetes. It helps them continue producing insulin for up to two years after their diagnosis.

Researchers specifically looked at leucine, an amino acid found in soy and whole wheat products, as well as nuts, eggs and some meat and dairy. While the diabetics in the study still required insulin doses, researchers said this study points to a reduced risk of diabetes complications later in life.


Researchers at UNC found that preschoolers and preschool-aged children with Autism Spectrum Disorder saw improvements from high-quality early intervention treatment, regardless of treatment model.

The Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute study looked at the various treatment models for children with ASD and found that, as long as it was a comprehensive early program, children improved at largely equal levels.

The study involved 198 three-to-five year old children in public school districts across the country.


OWASA crews replaced a broken water pipe Tuesday on Old Forest Creek Drive.

Part of the road was closed as the repairs went from 3:00 to 10:30 a.m.

The number of customers who were left without water during the repairs was four, according to OWASA.