This research - the first of its kind in India - shows a 'neural angle' to diabetes and has immense potential in understanding new mechanisms that lead to diabetes. It also places India in the list of countries with the right technology and human resources to perform complex genomic experiments at par with leading researchers in the world.
The study authored by 37 researchers will be published in a flagship journal of American Diabetes Association - 'Diabetes'.
"Type 2 diabetes (T2D) has developed into a major health problem, responsible for early morbidities and mortalities. India with typical risk phenotypes and rapid socio economic transitions, provides an important resource for understanding the pathogenesis of T2D," said Dr Dwaipayan Bharadwaj, one of the lead authors of the study and principal scientist CSIR-IGIB.
The research has been able to identify a new locus to be associated with type 2 diabetes.