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Back to Basics lecture offers a new perspective on diabetes

Back to Basics lecture at the Salk Institute

More than 100 friends of the Salk Institute gathered in the Conrad T. Prebys Auditorium on the afternoon of September 23 for the biannual Back to Basics lecture. Ronald Evans, a professor in the Gene Expression Laboratory and holder of the March of Dimes Chair in Developmental and Molecular Biology, delivered the talk, which focused on his work with the FGF1 receptor. In research published in the journal Nature, Evans’ team found that a single injection of the FGF1 protein was enough to restore blood sugar levels in diabetic mice to a healthy range for more than two days. The discovery could lead to a new generation of safer, more effective diabetes drugs.

Evans’ talk captivated the audience and sparked a lively Q&A session followed by a reception.