One of DRC’s funded researchers, Kristin Mussar, Ph.D., completed her project and published findings in the Journal of Clinical Investigation. Kristin’s research project set out to create new insulin-producing cells to repair a damaged pancreas. Her research found evidence that macrophages, a type of white cell that is usually associated with infections, also plays an important role in the development of islets, where insulin is made, just before and immediately after birth. The published report shows how macrophages help the islets grow indicating that selected agents may activate the cascade of proteins enhancing islet growth, an important contribution for future treatments in type 1 diabetes. Click here to read the full report.