Teen's Science Fair Project: New Diabetes Treatment?
Seven Bay Area students are in Phoenix this week for the world’s largest high school science competition.
One sophomore from Walnut Creek was inspired by his grandfather’s Type 1 diabetes.
Sixteen-year-old Rohan Savoor said he has always been interested in science, but this is the first time he’s been to the annual Intel International Science and Engineering Fair.
"In fact, this is my first year in doing science fair at all," he said. "I didn’t expect to go to Intel on my first try."
Savoor won first place in biology at the Contra Costa County Fair for research that could lead to a new treatment for diabetes -- one that could make patients less dependent on insulin injections.
He studied the effects of treating cells that produce insulin with calcium in order to promote their regeneration. The results were encouraging. There’s still a lot more research ahead, but Savoor is optimistic.
"Hopefully this turns into something really beautiful for the future of health and diabetes research," he said. "And for all the patients out there who are struggling to get the treatment that they need."