July 03, 2013

Manchin, Rockefeller Announce Award for Diabetes Research at West Virginia University

WASHINGTON D.C.— Senators Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller today announced an award of $321,900 in federal funding to West Virginia University for diabetes research that could lead to better treatment and management of the disease.

“This investment in diabetes research is about making sure our kids and adults can live healthier lives once they are diagnosed with diabetes,” said Rockefeller. “West Virginia University now has the potential to dramatically change the health outcomes for thousands of West Virginians currently living with this disease.”

“This grant provides an excellent opportunity for West Virginia University to be a leader in our nation’s education and medical fields,” Manchin said. “Investing in research opportunities that focus on the health of West Virginians and all Americans is important as we continue to promote a better future for ourselves and for the next generation. I am proud that this critical research is being done in our great state.”

The funding was awarded to West Virginia University to study microparticles in order to help diagnose and treat diabetes-associated complications. The study could lead to better ways to predict the risk and severity of vascular complications from diabetes, and the efficacy of diabetic therapies. The funding comes from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.

Over 16% of West Virginians currently have diabetes. Senator Rockefeller this year reintroduced a bill to help combat diabetes by making more West Virginians eligible for preventive care.