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[IPn] SF Bay Area Study

I've mentioned this before, but now it looks like more resources are
available, not much more, but enough to proceed.

Dr. Kevin Lemley is a ped Nephrologist at Lucille Packard Children's
Hospital (Stanford). He would like to conduct a study of T1's that
will take about a year. The participants would need to come to his lab
on a regular basis -- monthly or so -- for a year or more and provide
a fresh urine specimen. The specimen must be taken there as the cells
they are looking for are quite fragile. The lab work to culture the
cells takes several hours EACH to prepare and must come from a "fresh"
specimen so it is not feasible for those of you who are willing but
live out of the area to participate....... so, don't bother to read on
except to satisfy your curiosity. If Dr L. can find a partner with
time and facilities on the east coast, there may be a possiblility to
extend the study at some point in the future.

The study will be a longitudinal study correlating glycemic control
(and other parameters such as blood pressure, etc) with the
quantitative rate of podocyte shedding into the urine. A podocyte is a
cell that appears in the urine and it is postulated that the quantity
of these is indicitive of the progression of kidney disease. The study
will be open to all comers (pump or not) and NOT restricted to people
with perfect glycemic control -actually they would ideally have
individuals with all sorts of degrees of tightness in their glycemia,
in order to see an effect on podocytes. This will be an uncompensated
study, done out of the goodness of people's hearts (and a healthy
self-interest -- he's a really good kidney doc !!).

If you are interested in participating and CAN visit Standford on a
regular basis at least once a month of so, let me know. Dr. L has not
yet begun in earnest and is interested in finding out if local members
of IP would participate.

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