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Sanford Project Researcher Receives Prestigious Award

For the second year in a row, a Sanford Project researcher received high scores and won the prestigious Rachmiel Levine Scientific Achievement Award.

Dr. Yang and Dr. Savinov
Dr. Yang and Dr. Savinov

For the second year in a row, a Sanford Project researcher received high scores and won the prestigious Rachmiel Levine Scientific Achievement Award. Alexei Savinov, MD was granted the 2010 winner for his abstract on type 1 diabetes. He was honored in March during the 10th Annual Rachmiel Levine Symposium in Las Vegas.

Dr. Savinov presented his research which concluded that mice of non-obese diabetic strain serve as the best model of human type 1 diabetes. Last year, Sanford Project researcher Da-Qing Yang, PhD was honored at the same symposium for his research that concentrated on using healthy donor cells from a type 1 diabetic patient and reprogramming them into glucose-responsive, insulin producing cells. If successful, the reprogrammed cells can be used for treating type 1 diabetes.

“The awards are testament of the exciting research Drs. Savinov and Yang are carrying out at Sanford," said Paul Burn, PhD who serves as the Broin Chair for The Sanford Project. "The team is working very hard every day towards our goal of delivering a cure for type 1 diabetes.”