How do enteroviruses affect the development of type 1?

Sarah Richardson
Sarah Richardson

Scientific title: Pancreatic enteroviral persistence – a molecular trigger for islet autoimmunity and type 1 diabetes in humans?
Principal Investigator: Dr Sarah Richardson
Institution: University of Exeter
Project duration: 01/06/2014 – 31/05/2019

Objective:  Dr Richardson is looking at the links between enteroviruses – a family of viruses that can cause a number of different illnesses – and type 1 diabetes.

There is evidence that, in people who go on to develop type 1, infection with these viruses can encourage the immune system to attack the insulin-producing cells of the pancreas. Dr Richardson and her team will look at beta cells that have been infected with enteroviruses and see if differences in the way they react to the infection could have a role in triggering type 1.

Categories: Prevent, Career Development Award, Primary Prevention