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5 Women Making Waves in Diabetes Research

Meet five scientists changing what living with diabetes means to you

By Barbara Brody , ,

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Hard to believe, but a long time ago, syringes were made of glass and insulin pumps didn’t exist. Also absent: drugs such as metformin and medications that help people with type 2 make more insulin or prompt their bodies to use it more effectively. Today, there’s even an insulin pump system that monitors glucose levels and automatically adjusts basal insulin doses. Clearly, we’ve come a long way. 

We’ve also come a long way in terms of who is making these sorts of groundbreaking advancements. While there are still more male researchers than female ones, that’s changing: The number of women working as biological, agricultural, or environmental life scientists more than doubled between 1993 and 2010. About half of the scientists in these specialties are now women.

Among their ranks: these five impressive women, who are playing a crucial role in propelling diabetes research forward.

Helping Kids Get Healthier

Davene Wright, PhD, works to help children and teens better manage their diabetes.

Making Islet Cell Transplants Safer

People with type 1 diabetes don’t make insulin, but Melena Bellin, MD, hopes to change that

Exploring Exercise Barriers

Judy Regensteiner, PhD, and Jane Reusch, MD, hope to answer a familiar question: Why is exercise more difficult for people with diabetes?

Fighting Back Against Fat

Sheila Collins, PhD, is in pursuit of ways to push the body to burn more calories.