Funding Diabetes Research

Type 1 diabetes, or insulin-dependent disease, is an autoimmune disorder in which the body does not produce insulin, the hormone necessary for the body to metabolize sugar. Without insulin, sugar cannot move from blood into the cells, causing the blood sugar to rise above a safe level and leaving cells without the ability to function properly. Type 1 is also known as Juvenile Diabetes. It is a lifelong disease and has many complications.

Grant Recipients

Peter Buchwald Peter Buchwald, Ph.D.
Dr. Buchwald and his team are investigating the possibility of reversing new-onset diabetes by targeting Smad7, a novel therapeutic target that is negative feedback regulator of TGF-β signaling. Read More

Grant Recipients

Denise FaustmanDenise Faustman, M.D., Ph. D.
Dr. Faustman is leading the human clinical trial program at Massachusetts General Hospital testing Bacillus Calmette-Guérin (BCG), an inexpensive generic drug, as a treatment for advanced type 1 diabetes.Read More

Grant Recipients

David Piston Dr. David Piston
After completing detailed chemical assays on blood samples from animals, the results showed that IGF-1 increases to normal levels and glucagon decreases back to normal levels within a few weeks after the brown fat transplants. Read More

Grant Recipients

Alice Tomei Dr. Alice Tomei
Dr. Tomei's research focuses on immunoengineering islets for transplantation without immunosuppression and in identifying novel mechanisms for developing therapeutics to counteract autoimmunity. Read More

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Be the Cure

The Iacocca Family Foundation funds innovative and promising diabetes research programs and projects that will lead to a cure for the disease and alleviate complications caused by it.

Congratulations to the Lucky Winner

The Iacocca Foundation collaborated with Joslin Diabetes Center to raffle a Limited 45th Anniversary Edition Iacocca Mustang to help raise critical support for the ongoing fight against diabetes. The winner had purchased ten tickets online and it was the ninth ticket that was the winner drawn by Maeve Hentz (pictured to the right) on Saturday, November 20th at the annual High Hopes Gala at the Westin Copley.

Photo by Don West

Iacocca Award

This award is given for dedication to excellence in perpetuating an American automotive tradition. To learn more, contact Norma Saken and visit the website,

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