Type 1 Diabetes

Type 1 Diabetes, also called autoimmune diabetes, results from mistaken recognition of islets of Langerhans— the only source of insulin in the body— as a foreign entity by the individual's own immune system.

As a consequence, different cell types of the immune system led by T cells work together to invade the pancreas and destroy pancreatic islets, leading eventually to their destruction and insulin deficiency.

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Abdel-Rahim A. Hamad, M.V.Sc., Ph.D.

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Type 1 Diabetes Team

Research: Looking Ahead

We are making advances in better understanding why and how the immune system goes awry leading to the development of Type 1 Diabetes.

Our research is searching for a way to prevent its development in at-risk individuals and progression in those with established disease.

Abdel-Rahim Hamad & Mohanraj Sadasivam

The Immunologist's Role

Immunologists play an important role in battling Type 1 Diabetes. Immunology is necessary in diagnosing and better understanding the disease to then find ways to possibly prevent and eradicate it.

Drs. Zahra Omidian & Rizwan Ahmed

Our Expertise

We are a team of lab scientists, biomedical researchers and patient care providers united in a desire to better understand diabetes processes.


new patients are diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes in the United States each year


of Type 1 Diabetes patients are diagnosed before the age of 18


the year by which the number of Type 1 Diabetes patients is expected to triple