Norfolk-Virginia Beach Chapter Hadassah’s open meeting to feature Aaron Vinik

by | Aug 14, 2016 | What’s Happening

Wednesday, September 14, 7 pm Reba and Sam Sandler Family Campus 

A national leader in basic and clinical Neuropathy, Dr. Aaron Vinik will speak on diabetes and aging at Hadassah’s next meeting.

Vinik has defined the heterogenic of neuropathy and has pioneered the use of immunotherapy for autoimmune diabetic neuropathy. Vinik’s advances in the understanding of neuropathy have resulted in patient treatment referrals from all parts of the United States and the world.

Listed among the best physicians in the nation for the past nine years, Vinik has brought international recognition to Virginia as a result of his research on islet regeneration and the discovery of a gene, which could prove to be a cure for diabetes. The gene INGAP, either alone or in combination with other factors, stimulates immature cells in the diabetic pancreas to produce insulin. The discovery of INGAP has far reaching implications. It could also help the 20 million people with type 2 diabetes whose pancreas ultimately fails. INGAP could be used in genetic screening to identify those predisposed for developing diabetes.

The Hadassah Diabetes Center (HDC) provides the most advanced health care to patients stressing integrated multidisciplinary approaches. The HDC develops clinical research programs with an emphasis on translating research directly to clinical practice. The HDC formulates cooperative relationships with internationally recognized diabetes centers to conduct large-scale clinical trials.

The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation collaborates with Pfizer, The Hadassah Medical Organization and Hebrew University of Jerusalem to research drugs to replicate and regenerate insulin producing cells in people with type I diabetes.

Vinik has presented his work all over the world. Recognized as a pioneer and a scholar, Vinik has authored 10 books, 124 book chapters, and has published more than 500 papers in peer-review, highly reputable journals.

All Hadassah members, families and guests—both male and female—are invited to attend this free event. Dessert will be served following the meeting. To RSVP or for more information, call Barbara at 499-4711.