Emmanuel C. Opara, Ph.D., is a research professor and co-director, Engineering Center for Diabetes Research and Education at the Pritzker Institute of Medical Engineering, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, and a senior investigator at the University of Chicago Human Islet Transplant Program. He was previously a member of faculty of the Duke University School of Medicine in Durham, North Carolina (1988-03), a visiting fellow at the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases of the National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland (1986-88), and a World Health Organization (WHO) Fellow in endocrinology/metabolism at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota (1984-86).

  1. Opara's main research focus is diabetes, and he has worked in many areas of diabetes research for more than 20 years. Currently, he is mainly working on developing a bioartificial pancreas using the approach of islet cell microencapsulation. He also studies the role of oxidative stress in the pathogenesis and progression of diabetes and digestive disease. His other research interests include the role of nutritional factors in the etiology and management of diabetes. He has about 200 publications of original articles, abstracts reviews, and book chapters on these subjects.
  2. Opara is a member of many professional organizations, including: American Diabetes Association, American Federation for Medical Research, American Pancreatic Association, American Gastroenterological Association, Society for Black Academic Surgeons, Transplantation Society, and International Pancreas and Islet Transplantation Association.
Diabetes 2

Diabetes 2

Diabetes is a disease that affects the way your body uses food. Normally, your body converts sugars, starches and other foods into a form of sugar called glucose. Your body uses glucose for fuel. The cells receive the glucose through the bloodstream. They then use insulin a hormone made by the pancreas to absorb the glucose, convert it into energy, and either use it or store it for later use. Learn more...

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