SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — An Illinois scientist has received more than $1 million to study insulin sensitivity and aging.

The money is a five-year federal grant from the National Institute on Aging totaling almost $1.5 million. It was awarded to assistant professor Michael Masternak at Southern Illinois University’s medical school in Springfield.

The research will examine the effects of a high-fat diet and visceral fat on insulin sensitivity in aging mice. The goal is to better understand metabolic diseases including diabetes. That could eventually lead to new treatments.


Copyright 2011 The Associated Press


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