Category Archives: Diabetes

My experience in the NICB and living with Type 1 Diabetes

  Due to an absolute deficiency in insulin production resulting in elevated blood glucose levels - type 1 diabetes can lead to many life-threatening complications such as heart disease, eye damage, kidney damage and liver damage. In 2000, the WHO reported that less than 1 million global deaths were attributable to diabetes- in 2016 that…
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New Frontiers in Ocular Therapeutics 2018 – A Site for Sore Eyes

“The eye is the jewel of our body” Henry David Thoreau Our eyes are the windows to the world. An incredibly sophisticated organ with a truly unique anatomy and physiology, the two million parts which comprise a single eye working in unison bestow us with our ability to see. One of our five senses, ‘sight’…
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The Loneliness of the Long Distance Researcher

A discussion about the emotional struggles of pursuing research and ways of tackling them. A Ph.D. is a masterpiece, in the historical sense of the word – a piece of work by a craftsman accepted as qualification for membership of a guild as an acknowledged master (Oxford Dictionaries). The guild in this case being academia.…
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Becoming a Mitochondriac: Experiences in Cellular Bioenergetics

 Mitochondria and the Energy Cycle of Life Panum Institute, University of Copenhagan The mitochondria, often referred to as the “the powerhouse of the cell”, are complex, double membraned organelles involved in many intricate processes of cellular function. Under normal physiological conditions the main function of the mitochondria is in the production of adenosine triphosphate (ATP)/energy…
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Will there ever be a pill to replace exercise?

Note: This article was originally published on the RTE Website on Tuesday Jan. 23rd 2018 as part of their "RTE Brainstorm series" Research is underway to create drugs which induce some of the same beneficial effects that occur in response to exercise Physical activity is a central component of daily life for some people. For…
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A DRIVE towards enhanced Diabetes Treatment

The DRIVE (Diabetes Reversing Implants with enhanced Viability and long-term Efficacy) consortium met recently in Venice Italy for its second general assembly to discuss progress, challenges and plans going forward for achieving their goal of improved Diabetes treatment. Diabetes type 1 is a chronic condition characterised by loss of insulin-producing pancreatic β-cells and an inability…
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Welcome to the new NICB website!

As you may have noticed, the NICB website has had a makeover. We hope the look and feel of the new website will make it easier to find the information and people you are looking for quickly. All of the pages you found useful before are still here, filed under the headings across the top,…
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