UMass Amherst and Baystate Medical Center Researchers Receive Grant to Study Diabetes

AMHERST, Mass. - A University of Massachusetts exercise science researcher and a Baystate Medical Center investigator have received a two-year, $168,500 grant from the Glass Family Trust to conduct a joint research program on the prevention and treatment of Type-2, or adult-onset, diabetes.

Barry S. Braun, assistant professor of exercise science at UMass, and Stuart Chipkin, chief of endocrinology, diabetes, and metabolism in the department of medicine at Baystate Medical Center, will look at the relationship between exercise and insulin resistance.

"Funding from the Glass Trust will enable us to build a strong foundation of research that incorporates both basic science and clinical application," Braun says. "The funding will be specifically targeted to support a joint research program aimed at understanding the biochemical mechanisms by which exercise reduces insulin resistance. We''ll apply that knowledge to the clinical management of individuals currently with, or at high risk for developing, Type-2 diabetes."

One of the long-term goals of the research is to gain sufficient understanding of the exercise/diabetes interactions to allow us to "prescribe" the dose, intensity, duration, and frequency of exercise required to optimize diabetes prevention and management, Braun says.

"Diabetes and obesity have reached epidemic proportions in this country," says Chipkin, who is also a faculty member at the UMass School of Public Health and Health Sciences. "Correcting the insulin resistance associated with diabetes and obesity through the optimal use of exercise has the potential to have a tremendous impact on these public health problems."

TheGlass Family Trust is a private Massachusetts-based foundation that offers grants to researchers in a variety of medical fields including diabetes research.