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

Robert Intine Dr. Robert Intine
Dr. Intine’s lab focuses on identifying the molecular mechanisms that cause the persistence and progression of diabetic complications, a phenomena termed metabolic memory. Read More

Grant Recipients

Diabetes ResearchDr. Boris Musset
Dr. Musset has found that ROS production by human monocytes is strongly dependent on blood sugar concentrations. Read More

Grant Recipients

Defu Seng Dr. Defu Zeng, M.D
Dr. Zeng’s laboratory at City of Hope is developing a new novel treatment for refractory late-stage T1D in a mouse model. Read More

Grant Recipients

David Gracias Dr. David Gracias
Dr. Gracias proposes to use lithographic processes that have revolutionized the microelectronics industry to structure a 3-D bio-artificial pancreas from the nano to the macro scale. Read More

Grant Recipients

Jerry NadlerDr. Jerry Nadler
Dr. Nadler has identified two different drugs that together can reverse T1DM in diabetic non-obese diabetic (NOD) model. 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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