Nearly $11M to fund new Joslin Diabetes Center research facility

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Diabetes research is getting a significant boost in Boston: The Harvard Medical School-affiliated Joslin Diabetes Center will spend $10.8 million to establish a Translational Center for the Cure of Diabetes, The Boston Globe reports. A state grant supplies about half of the funding, and the rest comes from matching donor contributions. Joslin plans to use the second through fourth floors of its seven-floor hospital for the operation, which will include renovated lab space and a number of new features. A biobank will house tissues that can be studied to track how diabetes evolves. Another section will focus on examining diabetes-related eye diseases, and a new facility in the center will allow researchers to study how exercise affects diabetes. There will even be a "metabolic kitchen" that Joslin plans to use to teach patients how to cook and eat, to best manage their condition. Release | Story