Joslin Diabetes Center Seeks Study Volunteers

Would you like to contribute to cutting-edge diabetes research? If you are between the ages of 18 and 70, with or without diabetes, you may be eligible to participate in a new study being conducted at Joslin Diabetes Center.

Joslin researchers are investigating Induced Pluripotent cells (iPS), a type of cell that can be grown forever in a laboratory and become another type of cell, in diabetes. According to Joslin, “these cells may someday help us to predict who is at risk of developing diabetes, which may lead to a better understanding of the disease process or possible new therapies.”


Study participants will travel to the Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston once or twice; complete a health history and have a physical exam; give a blood sample and a urine sample and have a skin biopsy; and have cells grown from their skin sample indefinitely in a laboratory for future research. Parking expenses will be covered, but there is no other compensation for participating in the study.

People between the ages of 18 and 70 with or without diabetes may be eligible to participate. Those with a history of bleeding disorders or a history of irregular heart rhythms are ineligible to volunteer.

For more information about the study, and to learn more about participating, click here.

This blog entry was written by Web Editor Diane Fennell.