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<p>Raghu Mirmira, MD, PhD, has been named the first Eli Lilly and Co. Professor of Pediatric Diabetes and director of the Pediatric Diabetes Research Group at Indiana University School of Medicine, April 1, 2008.</p>

Mirmira Named Director of Pediatric Diabetes Group at IU School of Medicine

Dr. Mirmira’s research focuses on how non-insulin producing cells in the body could be “reprogramed” to produce insulin, and thereby serve as surrogate beta cells for individuals with diabetes. In addition to his scientific work, he will be seeing patients at Riley Hospital for Children.

Dr. Mirmira has received the Physician Postdoctoral Fellowship Award from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, a Research Career Award from the National Institutes of Health and the Thomas R. Lee Career Development Award from the American Diabetes Association. His research has been supported with awards from the National Institutes of Health and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

He received his medical and doctoral degrees from the University of Chicago, and completed his residency in medicine and subspecialty training in diabetes and endocrinology at the University of California at San Francisco. He is an editor of the scientific journal Diabetes and recently was one of nine medical researchers in the country to receive the Discovery Health Channel Medical Honors Award.

Dr. Mirmira came to IU from the University of Virginia, where he was associate professor of medicine, endocrinology and metabolism.