Tamara Hershey was recently featured on the Washington University School of Medicine website for her studies in how fluctuations in glucose levels can influence the brain . As well as her work as a neuroscientist, she devotes much of her time studying Wolfram syndrome.
“Endocrinologists usually are interested in Wolfram syndrome because it’s a genetic form of diabetes,” she said. “But the diabetes aspect of the disorder isn’t what limits the lifespan of a patient. It’s the features outside of diabetes that are so devastating: optic nerve atrophy and neurodegeneration in the brain stem. Before we began our studies, Wolfram syndrome had not been examined extensively from a brain perspective.”
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