Tracing the Pathogenesis of Type 1 Diabetes: A Report on the 44th Annual Meeting of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD)

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The Review of Diabetic Studies,2008,5,3,171-174.
Published:November 2008
Type:Conference Reports
Author(s) affiliations:

Liang-Hao Guo and Peter Achenbach

Diabetes Research Institute, Munich, Germany.


Clinical type 1 diabetes is preceded by autoimmune destruction of the pancreatic beta-cells. However, progression to disease is not uniform. One challenge facing current diabetes research is therefore to identify biomarker profiles that accurately reflect the individual stage of type 1 diabetes pathogenesis and develop new techniques to distinguish between these profiles and associated diabetes risks. This report highlights some of the recent studies on diabetes biomarkers, with a particular focus on zinc transporter ZnT8, presented at the EASD meeting in September 2008 in Rome, Italy.