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DRC Director's Report - November 2020

FOE Diabetes Research Center scientists from the University of Iowa have discovered a safe new way to manage blood sugar non-invasively. Exposing diabetic mice to a combination of static electric and magnetic fields for a few hours per day normalizes two major hallmarks of type 2 diabetes, namely reducing blood glucose levels and preventing insulin resistance. These new findings were published Oct. 6 in Cell Metabolism.

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DRC Director's Report - October 2020

Please join us in welcoming Bhagirath Chaurasia, MS, PhD, to the University of Iowa and to the Fraternal Order of Eagles Diabetes Research Center. Dr. Chaurasia also joins the Division of Endocrinology from his previous position as Assistant Professor of Nutrition and Integrative Physiology at the University of Utah. He received his PhD from the University of Cologne in Germany before working as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Duke-NUS Medical School in Singapore.

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DRC Director's Report - September 2020

Renata Pereira, PhD, Research Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine, Endocrinology and Metabolism, and member of the FOEDRC, is the recipient of a new NIH R01 grant for $1.9M to support her work entitled The role of the integrated stress response in brown adipose tissue-mediated metabolic adaptations. 

“Obesity and related conditions, such as diabetes and heart disease, are some of the greatest health problems affecting today’s society. In an effort to better understand ways in which the body can increase its metabolism to burn fat and prevent the effects of those diseases, Dr. Pereira has focused her studies on special fat cells called brown (or beige) fat cells.

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DRC Director's Report - August 2020

The prevalence of obesity continues to increase worldwide due to changes in dietary composition including the addition of sweetners to many food products and evolving patterns of eating behaviors. In particular, excessive consumption of sugars has been linked to metabolic diseases such as diabetes, insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes. 

Fibroblast growth factor 21 (FGF21) is a liver-derived hormone that signals to the brain to reduce sugar intake, but the mechanism for this effect was unknown. This new study by Ph.D. student Sharon Jensen-Cody and other colleagues in the laboratory of Matt Potthoff, Associate Professor in the Fraternal Order of Eagles Diabetes Center and Department of Pharmacology and Neuroscience discovered that FGF21 signals to specific nerve cells called glutamatergic neurons in the brain to lower sugar intake and sweet-taste preference.

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DRC Director's Report - July 2020

The greatest risks to long-term health in people with diabetes arise from diabetic complications, particularly cardiovascular disease. However, the mechanisms by which the metabolic changes associated with type 2 diabetes like insulin resistance increases the risk of heart failure are less understood. In a recent publication in JCI Insight, E. Dale Abel, MD, PhD, and other members of the Fraternal Order of Eagles Diabetes Research Center in collaboration with other institutions, have uncovered an important molecular link between diabetes and heart failure.

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Reno Suite Upgrade Information

Brothers & Sisters, 

A limited number of suite upgrades are available at the Nugget Casino Resort in Reno for the 2020 F.O.E. Annual Meetings. If you would like to upgrade your room to a larger suite, please coordinate directly with the Nugget Casino Hotel to obtain more information or to reserve a suite.

  • Upgrade to Casino Tower Hospitality Suite - +$100/day 
  • Upgrade to Resort Tower Petite Suite - +$45/day
  • Upgrade to Resort Tower Bar King - +65/day
  • Upgrade to Resort Tower Hospitality Suite - +$125/day 
  • Bed removal per room/suite - $75 

Anyone contacting the hotel about upgrading to a suite should mention the Fraternal Order of Eagles. Interested parties should contact the Nugget Casino Resort at 1-800-648-1177.

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2020 Annual Meetings Headed to Nugget Casino Resort in Reno

Brothers & Sisters, 

We are pleased to announce that this year’s Fraternal Order of Eagles Annual Meetings will be held at the Nugget Casino Resort, July 18-23! Rooms are available starting today at the following rates: 

Sunday-Thursday - $65/night plus tax and $2 tourism charge
Friday & Saturday - $89/night plus tax and $2 tourism charge
$10 for each additional person in a triple/quad room 

Resort fees have been waived for all F.O.E. guests. Rooms include complimentary wi-fi internet and phone calls, two bottles water per day, a Keurig coffeemaker, in-room safe, and unlimited use of pool & fitness center. The hotel also provides shuttle service and complimentary self-parking. Check-in time is 3 p.m. with check-out set for 11 a.m. 

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2020 Annual Meetings Moved To Reno

Brothers & Sisters,

Over the last 10 weeks, our lives have changed considerably. In the face of this global pandemic, we were forced to temporarily close our Aeries, cancel many of our annual State/Provincial Conventions and miss out on valuable time with our Eagle brothers and sisters.

After substantial discussions with state, county and city officials from Washington, it has been determined that we will be unable to hold the 2020 Fraternal Order of Eagles International Convention in Spokane this July.

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DRC Director's Report - June 2020

FOEDRC members Al Klingelhutz, PhD, Professor of Microbiology & Immunology and Radiation Oncology and James Ankrum, PhD, Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering, have received funding as part of the Iowa Superfund Research Program (ISRP). As co-directors of 1 of the 5 projects, “Role of Airborne PCBs in Adipogenesis, Adipose Function, and Metabolic Syndrome”, they will focus on how the environmentally prevalent toxin PCB ) (polychlorinated biphenyls) accumulation in fat affects the development of obesity, fatty liver disease, and type II diabetes. The ISRP, headed by Keri Hornbuckle, PhD, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, will receive a total of $11.4 million over a 5-year period to continue its research on polychlorinated biphenyls, or PCBs, and the impact they have on human health.