NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – The Forsyth Institute today announced a research collaboration with the Dasman Diabetes Institute of Kuwait directed at type 2 diabetes in children.
The five-year agreement will also explore conditions that predispose children to obesity and research will be directed at maintaining metabolic health in children, Forsyth said in a statement. The Kuwait Dental School is also participating in the alliance.
Forsyth added that Kuwaiti scientists will largely manage the clinical research.
Financial terms of the partnership were not disclosed.
Scientists at Forsyth, based in Cambridge, Mass., will focus on discovering biomarkers in saliva that may indicate metabolic disease and the development of diabetes. A spokesperson for Forsyth said that the biomarkers being explored are proteins, metabolites, and oral microbes.
The Forsyth team is being led by J. Max Goodson, who is developing diagnostic tools suitable for the large-scale investigation of disease conditions in children that lead to diabetes.