Diabetes breakthrough a triumph for Maynooth
According to Pasteur, chance only favours the prepared mind. The discovery made by a team headed by Dr John Stephens from Maynooth's Department of Chemistry, was the culmination of five years' hard work rather than chance.
The outcome of their exhaustive and innovative research has the potential to change the lives of hundreds of millions should it reverse the effects of Type 2 diabetes.
If all goes according to plan, a pill could be available over the counter. The reason for the excitement is that the new compounds the team have found replicate the benefits of exercise, and thus amount to a potential game-changer in the treatment of diabetes. In Ireland, 200,000 live with diabetes - globally the figure is 370 million - at an estimated annual worldwide healthcare cost of €500bn. Ultimately, the breakthrough may reduce weight gain, which would be hugely beneficial to those living with the condition.
It has been said that in science the credit goes to the man who convinces the world, not the man or woman to whom the idea first occurs. The team behind this ground-breaking work deserve congratulations and appreciation. Their success may be transformational and empowering, positively impacting on the lives of millions. Not too many can make such a claim.