MMS 2012: Diabetes
Friday, November 2, 2012
153 registrants; 114 attendees; 29 counties
University of Florida Health Science Center
Diabetes was the theme of the 2012 Mini Medical School. The University of Florida has numerous research and clinical faculty working together in this area which is radically changing our understanding of disease progression and treatment. Many volunteered their time to assist with Mini Medical School as we welcomed one of our largest groups of participants.
This year’s program featured three dynamic speakers. Dr. Bryon Petersen presented novel research utilizing stem cell research to restore or augment cells involved with the production of insulin. Dr. Clayton Mathews spoke about the work of the Diabetes Center of Excellence focused on Type 1 diabetes. Additionally, Dr. David Nelson presented ways UF is working to improve clinical and translational research and its reach in communities. A panel presentation complimented the day as teachers engaged in a question/answer session with three biomedical professionals.
Faculty members opened their laboratories for the participants to have the rare opportunity of seeing research in action. Led by faculty and graduate students, the laboratory visits are a highlight of the day. They also had the chance to network and exchange teaching lessons that have proven successful in their classrooms.
This event is coordinated each year by the UF Center for Precollegiate Education and Training with sponsorship from the UF Medical Guild.