Who is Jake Kushner?


Dr. Jake Kushner, a nationally recognized expert in Type 1 diabetes research, is primarily concerned with leveraging present and future medically related investments and resources for McNair Interests in order to assist persons suffering from chronic diseases. As a McNair Scholar, Dr. Kushner’s research has been widely sponsored by famous research institutions such as the National Institutes of Health and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. He was the Chief of Pediatric Diabetes at Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital before joining McNair Interests.  


Dr. Kushner has won multiple national awards, including the March of Dimes Basil O’Connor Starter Scholar Research Award. In addition, he was elected to the American Society for Clinical Investigation and served as President of the Society for Pediatric Research.

Dr. Kushner earned his Medical Doctorate from Albany Medical College after graduating from the University of California, Berkeley. He then completed a pediatric residency at Brown University, a pediatric endocrinology fellowship at Boston Children’s Hospital, a five-year research fellowship at Joslin Diabetes Center – the latter two at Harvard Medical School – and seven years as an assistant professor at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.  

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Inspiring Talks by Jake Kushner


Notable quotes

  • “I’m in no hurry–oh no no no, I know where to go.”
  • “Remnant cholesterol predicts progression of diabetic nephropathy and retinopathy in type 1 diabetes.”
  • “A heaping tablespoon of freshly ground cinnamon, swallowed while lying down, without subsequent sneezing. There is a chance it might even work for acute respiratory distress due to covid19 too… or maybe that is Ivormectin?”
  • “You’re not an endocrinologist until someone starts telling you about the miraculous properties of cinnamon to cure diabetes.”
  • “Although scientific advances in technology, nutrition, cell biology, and pharmacology have/are/will translate to better outcomes for people w diabetes, challenges will endure.“
  • “I’ve interacted with many people with diabetes who had very challenging outcomes, including amputations. My impression is that each tried their best to do what they could, given the conditions they were facing at the time.”
  • “Although lots of lineage tools provide low-resolution views of clonality, this visual barcoding strategy could be a game-changer in mice. Unfortunately, it relies on FISH, which is very challenging in the pancreas.”
  • “FLAT blood sugars with type 1 diabetes, while ski touring up massive mountains in the Swiss alps??? YES. It can be done.”
  • ““data from 583 patients enrolled in the COMET-ICE trial, which demonstrated an 85% (p=0.002) reduction in hospitalization or death in patients receiving VIR-7831 as monotherapy compared to placebo”. “
  • “Let’s do everything we can to encourage EVERYONE to get vaccinated when they can.”