Digestive Diseases News Summer 2010
NIDDK-supported Celiac Disease Researcher Wins International Award
Bana Jabri, M.D., Ph.D., has been awarded the coveted William K. Warren Jr. Prize for Excellence in Celiac Disease Research. Jabri is co-director of the University of Chicago Digestive Disease Research Core Center, whose research is supported in part by National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) grants.
Presented annually by The William K. Warren Foundation, the $25,000 prize is awarded internationally to an individual or group who has made a significant contribution to the field of celiac disease research through basic, translational, or clinical research. Jabri is the first U.S. researcher to receive the Warren Prize.
Jabri’s research led to the development of techniques for using mice in celiac disease research. Her team of researchers introduced genetic modifications in mice that removed their tolerance to gluten—a breakthrough that is now being used to create a mouse model of the human disease. Research on the genetically altered mice will lead to a better understanding of the pathogenesis of celiac disease and will speed development and evaluation of new therapies.
Visit http://celiaccenter.ucsd.edu/research.shtml to learn more about the Warren Prize.
NIH Publication No. 10–4552