Medicine’s Param Ramakrishnan wins grant for research on autoimmunity function in diabetic patients

Param Ramakrishnan

Parameswaran (Param) Ramakrishnan, associate professor of pathology and biochemistry at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, recently won a grant from the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) for his research on autoimmunity function in type 1 diabetes. The Strategic Research Agreement grant, worth $600,000, will come into effect in June 2022. 

Ramakrishnan’s award-winning research, “Novel mechanism and method to control T cell mediated autoimmunity in type 1 diabetes,” examined the potential of novel peptoids targeting a sugar modified protein function to suppress autoimmunity. Study results indicate that this new method may allow survival of insulin-producing pancreatic beta cells in diabetic patients.