Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Diabetes researcher brings $389M to USF

TAMPA — Jeffrey Krischer, a diabetes researcher at the University of South Florida who already wears the distinction of earning the school's largest research grant, has won even more money for USF.

Krischer, a professor of pediatrics, has been awarded a $128-million, seven-year grant from the National Institutes of Health to coordinate worldwide studies on the prevention and treatment of Type 1 diabetes.

That's on top of the $169-million, 10-year grant that the NIH awarded Krischer last year to study why diabetes rates are rising in young children.

Add those two awards to Krischer's other grants, and he has brought USF a staggering $389-million. The new grant pushes USF into the top 50 U.S. medical schools receiving NIH funding, USF administrators said.

"It just shows that innovation, focus and creativity — and Dr. Krischer exhibits all three — really can create world-class programs," said Dr. Stephen Klasko, vice president of USF Health and medical school dean.

"It's a wonderful, exciting opportunity for us," Krischer said. "I think it reflects on the quality and strength of the program here."

By way of comparison, USF's entire research budget for 2006-07 was $308-million, though Krischer's new grants are spread over several years.

Krischer is hauling in huge research dollars for his specialized skill in using computers to analyze data collected by diabetes researchers all over the world.

The new funding goes toward a study called TrialNET, in which researchers will screen more than 150,000 children and adults. Those with early signs of diabetes may receive new drugs to prevent the disease from progressing.

In Type 1 diabetes, the body stops producing insulin, the hormone that converts sugar to energy. Like the more common Type 2 diabetes, it can cause medical problems that include heart disease, nerve damage, blindness and kidney failure.

Krischer will head the study's data coordinating and technology center. The study will have research sites around the world.

Krischer also chairs one of the studies in TrialNET. That looks at whether insulin can keep people at risk from getting the disease.

The record-setting study that Krischer won funding for last year, called TEDDY, is screening more than 250,000 newborns in six countries, looking for those who are genetically at high risk to develop Type 1 diabetes.

Researchers then will study those high-risk babies, predicted to number about 8,000, for 15 years. They'll try to see whether food, illnesses or other factors influence who gets diabetes.

Krischer likes how the two studies move from trying to identify the disease's causes to prevention to treatment.

"They fit together and complement one another," he said.

USF officials hailed the latest grant, with Klasko joking that Krischer can have "whatever the heck he wants." More seriously, he said that the key for Florida schools to keep Krischer and other prominent researchers is to give them the tools and flexibility they need for research.

"I should take him up on that," Krischer joked back. Then he said the grant award really isn't about him, or even about his staff, or about USF funding totals.

"I'm happy to support the university," he said. "But my personal goal is really to be able to talk to somebody and know that I helped them avoid the lifelong suffering and pain of diabetes."

Lisa Greene can be reached at greene@sptimes.com or (813) 226-3322.

.FAST FACTS

Jeffrey Krischer

Age: 60

Professional: Professor and chief of the biostatistics and informatics division; director of the pediatric epidemiology center at USF

Grants received include: $128-million for TrialNET, $189-million for TEDDY study ($169-million in late 2007, $20-million earlier)

Salary: $308,250

Family: Married, two daughters.

Diabetes researcher brings $389M to USF 07/31/08 [Last modified: Saturday, August 2, 2008 5:33pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. JFK's last birthday: Gifts, champagne and wandering hands on the presidential yacht

    Nation

    It has been 100 years since John F. Kennedy's birth on May 29, 1917, at his parents' home in Brookline, Mass., just outside Boston. Over the course of his life, Kennedy enjoyed lavish birthday celebrations, the most famous being a Democratic fundraising bash at Madison Square Garden on May 19, 1962, when a sequined …

    President John F. Kennedy aboard the Sequoia in 1963 opening birthday presents. [Robert Knudsen | John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum]
  2. 1 in 4 Florida adults aren't registered to vote, according to non-partisan group

    Legislature

    TALLAHASSEE — Five million people in Florida who are eligible to vote aren't registered, according to a nationwide non-partisan group that helps improve the accuracy of state voter rolls.

    Voters line up in front of the Coliseum Ballroom in St. Petersburg on Nov. 8. A non-partisan group estimates that more than a quarter of Florida's adult-age population isn't registered to vote. [SCOTT KEELER | Tampa Bay Times]
  3. Rays morning after: A lot that went into a marathon win

    Blogs

    Rays manager Kevin Cash had a simple strategy when Fox Sports Sun's Alex Corddry asked him how the team would move on from Sunday's marathon win and get ready to face the Rangers tonight in Texas:

  4. Navy parachutist dies during demonstration over Hudson River

    Military

    JERSEY CITY, N.J. — In the shadow of the Statue of Liberty, a Navy Seal team member fell to his death Sunday after his parachute failed to open during a Fleet Week demonstration over the Hudson River.

    Officials surround a U.S. Navy Seal's parachute that landed in a parking lot after the parachutist fell into the Hudson River when his parachute failed to open during a Fleet Week demonstration over the river in Jersey City, N.J. The Navy said the parachutist was pronounced dead at Jersey City Medical Center. [Joe Shine | Jersey Journal via AP]
  5. As White House defends Jared Kushner, experts question his alleged back-channel move

    National

    WASHINGTON — The Trump administration argued over the weekend that back-channel communications are acceptable in building dialogue with foreign governments, part of an effort to minimize fallout over White House adviser Jared Kushner's reported discussion about creating a secret conduit to the Kremlin at a Russian …

    President-elect Donald Trump embraces son in law Jared Kushner, as his daughter Ivanka Trump stands nearby, after his acceptance speech at the New York Hilton Midtown in the early morning hours of Nov. 9. [Mark Wilson | Getty Images]