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Release: Oct. 31, 2001

People with type 1 diabetes invited to participate in genetics study

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- People with Type 1 diabetes and their parents are invited to participate in a University of Iowa Health Care study on how genes contribute to the development of diabetic kidney disease. The condition, known as nephropathy, occurs in more than 30 percent of the one million Americans who have type1 diabetes and can reduce the average lifespan by 15 years.

The primary participants must have type 1 diabetes for at least 10 to 15 years, be age 18 to 54 and either have or be free of kidney disease. Parents of these individuals also are invited to participate but do not need to have diabetes or kidney disease. Known as the Genetics of Kidneys in Diabetes (GoKinD), the study involves a one-time, one-hour clinic visit to the UI Hospitals and Clinics, where all participants will be asked to supply a blood sample, urine sample and their medical history.

The UI is one of the centers participating in the GoKinD study, which is organized by the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International. The investigation will establish a repository of DNA and clinical information from a total of 1,100 adults, along with their parents, for use in studies on the genetic basis of diabetic kidney disease. The UI portion of the study is being led by William Sivitz, M.D., UI professor of internal medicine and a researcher and staff physician at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Iowa City.

For more information on how families can participate in the GoKinD Study, call toll-free at (866) 4-GO-KIND or (866) 446-5463.

For more information about the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, visit online at

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