Live Chat: Targeting Type 1 Diabetes

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See below for the chat box. Join us each Thursday at 3 p.m. EST for a live conversation with leading scientists and expert reporters.
Today's Topic

Curing or preventing complex diseases is one of the most ambitious medical goals out there. Since the late 1990s, researchers have been trying—and mostly failing—to accomplish this in type 1 diabetes, an immune disease that destroys cells in the pancreas that make insulin and that mostly strikes children. This summer, a slew of new studies reported results on efforts to shift the balance of cells in the immune system in hopes of keeping disease at bay. The results show just how tough it is to intervene successfully. Why is it so difficult to get from a scientific discovery to a new drug? Is preventing disease harder or easier than treating patients who already have it? What does the road ahead look like?

Join us for a live chat at 3 p.m. EDT on Thursday, 11 August, on this page. You can leave your questions in the comment box below before the chat starts.

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Today's Guests


Jay S. Skyler


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