Diabetes Research and Advocacy Fund (MODY)

Diabetes Research and Advocacy Fund (MODY) A Project of School of Medicine - Research

Donor Jennifer Rice and Associate Professor Dr. Toni PollinThe Diabetes Research and Advocacy Fund (MODY), within the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes, & Nutrition at the University of Maryland School of Medicine Department of Medicine, was established through the generosity of donor Jennifer Rice. The fund's focus is on identifying and overcoming obstacles preventing the diagnosis of a type of diabetes called Maturity Onset Diabetes of the Young (MODY).

MODY is a highly genetic type of diabetes. It is estimated to affect 500,000 people in the United States and 5 million people worldwide, but has been diagnosed in relatively few. Approximately 1-2% of people with diabetes have MODY, but very few know they have it. A correct diagnosis often leads to improved treatment for the patient, reduced medical costs, and a better prognosis. An individual's diagnosis of MODY can facilitate identification of the same disease in family members, leading to health benefits and more precise treatment.

Jennifer, pictured here with Associate Professor of Medicine Toni I. Pollin, MS, PhD, CGC, is an example of the significant positive impact a MODY diagnosis can have on a patient's life. Misdiagnosed for 9 years with Type 1 diabetes, Type 2 diabetes, and suspected of having LADA (Latent Autoimmune Diabetes in Adults), Jennifer was on insulin therapy including, at different times, multiple daily insulin injections and an insulin pump. Jennifer was finally correctly diagnosed with MODY2, a common type of MODY, and with her doctor's guidance, was able to stop daily insulin injections. Jennifer now requires no medication at all for her elevated blood glucose. Some types of MODY do require treatment, but often with pills instead of insulin.

How can you help?

The Diabetes Research and Advocacy Fund (MODY) supports research for future generations and helps improve current access to genetic testing, working to increase the number of people diagnosed with MODY in the United States and throughout the world. A gift to the MODY fund supports vital research, improved diagnosis and access for patients, genetic testing, education and patient advocacy. To learn more about the Monogenic Diabetes Research and Advocacy Project, please click here.

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