Science whiz Jamin heads to Chicago

Jamin Wu has won a prestigious prize for research into a diabetes drug. d398600
Jamin Wu has won a prestigious prize for research into a diabetes drug. d398600

The 16-year-old is off to Chicago this month after winning the Australian round of the competition for his research into the diabetes drug IM140 and how it affects human beta cells and whether the drug increased glucose consumption or insulin secretion.

Thanks to the guidance of his mentors at Curtin University ” Kevin Keane, Philip Newsholme and Erik Helmerhorst ” Jamin’s research could help pave the way for scientists to develop an oral pill to replace the daily insulin injections required for people with diabetes.

Jamin said he became passionate about his research after his mentors described how diabetes affected modern society and the significance of a breakthrough in medical research.

‘I think the findings are a bit surprising in a way ” they disprove some of the previous research into the topic, which shows the limits of science and the need to keep researching for the truth,’ he said.

Jamin hopes to become a medical engineer when he graduates from high school, he believes the field is becoming increasingly important in today’s society.

Outside his busy study life, Jamin does not have a sweet tooth and prefers eating mild curries and savoury foods.