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Stephen Warren, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry
The world, especially the industrialized world, is facing two emerging epidemics. These epidemics will create significant medical needs that will negatively impact health care systems and the economies of the world if a proactive approach is not taken towards new solutions. One of these emerging epidemics is Type 2 Diabetes which is impacting a growing percent of our population. The other epidemic is the result of the steady increase in the average age of the population world wide (which is projected to continue) coupled to the exponential link between increasing age and the incidence of neurodegenerative disease. Biochemical changes in the metabolism of cell types involved in both of these diseases have been noted.