New Measure of Insulin-making Cells could Gauge Diabetes Progression, Treatment

Photo of Matthew MerrinsResearchers at the University of Wisconsin–Madison have developed a new measurement for the volume and activity of beta cells, the source of the sugar-regulating hormone insulin.

In a study published in the August edition of the journal Diabetes, Weibo Cai and colleagues used a PET scanner to detect minute levels of a radioactive chemical in the mouse pancreas. Cai, the senior author of the study and an associate professor of radiology, says that unlike previous methods for measuring the quantity of beta cells, the new test also measures how actively these cells are making insulin. IPiB faculty member Matthew Merrins was an author on the paper.

To read more about this research, see the press release at the link below.