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.