Texas Diabetes Institute celebrates a decade of diabetes care, research and education
BACKGROUND: Diabetes is the 4th leading cause of death in Bexar County. An estimated 240,000 people in our community are living with diabetes and another 68,000 have it, but have not yet been diagnosed. University Health System responded to the growing crisis by opening the Texas Diabetes Institute (TDI) in 1999.
Over the past ten years, TDI has grown from a local diabetes clinic into the nation’s largest diabetes center and world renowned research institute.
In the heart of the West Side, where the incidence of diabetes is one of the highest in the country, TDI offers “one stop shopping” for every service imaginable to keep this disease in check, and manage its deadly complication. TDI is part of University Health System, owned by the taxpayers of Bexar County.
Capping-off a day-long anniversary celebration, featuring free diabetes screenings, healthy cooking demonstrations and other activities, TDI Researcher Dr. Ralph DeFronzo will be inducted onto the Wall of Honor. Dr. DeFronzo is the founding deputy director of TDI, and his work has resulted in enormous strides in the world’s understanding of how diabetes develops and progresses. He was the lead researcher in the development of metformin, a drug being taken today by hundreds of thousands of diabetes patients, and he continues to develop new frontline therapies.
WHO: University Health System officials and community leaders Ralph DeFronzo, MD, TDI Deputy Director and 2009 TDI Wall of Honor inductee
WHAT: 10th Anniversary Celebration of Texas Diabetes Institute TDI Wall of Honor Induction
WHEN: Wednesday, October 28
See schedule below for video and photo opportunities:
- Free screenings: 8 – 11 a.m.
- Healthy cooking demonstrations: noon – 1:30 p.m.
- Wall of Honor Induction: 6 p.m.
WHERE: Texas Diabetes Institute, 701 S. Zarzamora