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Scott Soleimanpour, MD

Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine, Investigator in the Brehm Diabetes Research Center, Director of the Type 1 Diabetes Transition Program
University of Michigan Medical School

Diagnosed with type 1 diabetes (T1D) in 1986, Dr. Soleimanpour is deeply invested in basic research focused on the genetic causes of T1D while also directing a thriving clinical program which empowers diabetic young adults in their transition to self-care. Dr. Soleimanpour attended Kent State University and the Northeast Ohio Medical University as part of a combined B.S./M.D. program. During his pre-doctoral and post-doctoral research training, Dr. Soleimanpour completed diabetes research fellowships in the Vanderbilt University/NIDDK medical scholars program, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute-National Institutes of Health (HHMI-NIH) Research Scholars program, and in the William Osler Society of Fellows at the University of Pennsylvania. Among Dr. Soleimanpour’s key research contributions include studies focused on islet cell transplantation, beta cell failure after islet cell transplantation, and include recent seminal studies in understanding the genetic causes of pancreatic beta cell failure in T1D.  He has received awards and honors from the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, American Diabetes Association, the American Society of Clinical Investigation, the Central Society for Clinical and Translational Research, the Alpha Omega Alpha National Medical Honors Society, and The Endocrine Society. He has also been featured on the NBC Nightly News, the Philadelphia Inquirer, and Medicine at Michigan. The Soleimanpour Lab has pioneered the study of mitochondrial health and quality control in pancreatic beta cells and T1D pathophysiology, and he continues to focus on how defects in T1D genes lead patients to develop diabetes.