Motiv: The Crown Princess with research engineer Martin Köhler, who explained about transplanting insulin-producing cells into the eye. Photo: Henrik Montgomery/TT
On Thursday 14 November, World Diabetes Day, The Crown Princess visited the Rolf Luft Research Center for Diabetes and Endocrinology at Karolinska Institutet in Solna.
The Crown Princess was welcomed by Kerstin Brismar, Professor of Diabetes Research, and Professor Per-Olof Berggren. Professor Kerstin Brismar gave a comprehensive presentation on diabetes, which is a growing health problem. Someone in the world contracts diabetes every ten seconds, and one person dies from the disease every seven seconds. Professor Per-Olof Berggren presented research work that involves transplanting the islets of Langerhans with their insulin-producing beta cells into the eye. Associate Professor Lisa Juntti-Beggren explained what happens when someone contracts diabetes, and spoke about new findings relating to type 1 and type 2 diabetes. Associate Professor Sergiu Catrina described the complications that diabetes can involve, as well as the cause, prevention and treatment, including impaired wound healing, renal damage and nerve damage. In the laboratory, The Crown Princess saw how researchers study wound healing, investigate hereditary causes of renal damage in diabetes, and measure various hormones and antioxidants.
World Diabetes Day
World Diabetes Day, on 14 November each year, was launched by the International Diabetes Federation and the World Health Organization in 1991 to raise awareness of diabetes as a disease that is becoming ever more common throughout the world. Frederick Banting, one of the discoverers of insulin, was born on 14 November 1891.