Jeff Passolt's Golf Classic "Fore" Diabetes Research

Making an impact

Diabetes affects millions of people

Diabetes currently affects 29.1 million people in the United States and more than 375,000 Minnesotans. Apart from the physical toll, health care costs directly related to diabetes are $2.7 billion in Minnesota and more than $200 billion in the United States. Unfortunately, these numbers continue to rise at an alarming pace.

Additionally, diabetes is the leading cause of kidney failure, lower-limb amputations, and new cases of blindness among adults. It is also a major cause of heart disease and stroke.

Your support makes a difference

One hundred percent of the tournament proceeds, after event expenses, are used to support the University of Minnesota Schulze Diabetes Institute by:

  • Establishing the Jeffery Dobbs and David E.R. Sutherland, M.D., Ph.D. Diabetes Research Chair
  • Supporting pig islet research at Spring Point Project

Schulze Diabetes Institute

For more than 40 years, the Schulze Diabetes Institute (SDI) has pursued a dream to end the threat of type 1 diabetes through widespread availability of islet cell transplantation using minimal to no antirejection drugs. Today, it stands at the threshold of making a cure widely available using pig islets.

In 1974, its path was forged when SDI scientists developed the world’s first safe, effective, and minimally invasive cure using transplanted human islets. Having now completed all phases of this clinical research, SDI is working with the FDA to be granted the license to produce human islets as a routine medical procedure. Home to the world’s leading experts in human and pig islet transplantation, no other facility in the world is better positioned to make that happen.

Spring Point Project

Spring Point Project is committed to improving the lives of people with type 1 diabetes by providing a virtually unlimited supply of medical-grade, high-health pigs to serve as safe islet cell donors to people with diabetes.

Born out of the vision of the Schulze Diabetes Institute, for the last decade Spring Point Project has been working to produce the vital, medical-grade pig islets needed by SDI scientists to achieve a type 1 diabetes cure via islet replacement.  Today, in addition to supporting research at SDI, Spring Point Project sourced islets are supporting research initiatives across the country and the world.  

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