The cause and consequences of reduced insulin secretion in the NZO mouse

Grant number: 509300 | Funding period: 2008 - 2010

Completed

Abstract

Type 2 diabetes is a major health problem affeting over 1 million Australians. A key feature of this disease is reduced secretion of the pancreratic hormone insulin which results in high blood sugar levels. We are using a naturally occurring animal model of diates called the NZO mouse to understand why the pancreas secretes less insulin and the consequences of this defect. This project has the potential of providing better therapeutic strategies for patients with Type 2 diabetes.