Congratulations Dr. Hershey on being named a Distinguished Investigator of the Academy for Radiology & Biomedical Imaging Research.  This prestigious honor recognizes individuals for their outstanding contributions to the field of medical imaging.

Congratulations to Drs. Mary Katherine Ray and Tamara Hershey on their new Healthcare Innovation Lab Big Ideas Grant testing the impact of glucose variability on dynamic cognitive function in youth with type 1 diabetes (7/1/20 – 6/30/21)

Type 1 diabetes (T1D) is one of the most common childhood diseases, and the number of youth with the disease is rising rapidly. With T1D, the cells that make insulin, die. Since insulin is needed to use glucose for fuel, and thus, is essential for life, youth with T1D have to take insulin shots which often leads to low and high glucose. Severe glucose events (e.g., really low glucose that requires help from others) and chronic high glucose, have been shown to be related to worse cognition in youth with T1D. However, no studies have tested how minute-to-minute changes in glucose, that are common in T1D, impact dynamic cognitive functions (i.e., cognition that can change throughout the day). Youth use these dynamic cognitive skills very often in school settings where they spend ~25% of their lives. Our goal is to use new health technology (i.e., continuous glucose monitoring that tests glucose every 5 min) and machine learning methods to understand how real-time glucose changes affect cognition in daily life. To do this, we first need to optimize a tool for testing dynamic cognition in youth and develop statistical analysis plans to combine glucose and cognitive data. The Big Ideas grant will allow the team to complete these first steps on their way to determining how glucose variability impacts cognitive function in the daily lives of youth with T1D.

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Hershey Lab Puzzle Mania

Puzzles are an important part of the Hershey Lab because they improve memory, expand problem-solving skills, lower stress levels, increase IQ, delay the onset of dementia, improve mood, and well, they’re just fun!