Faustman, an associate professor of medicine at Harvard, went looking for money to finance the next stage of her research
, testing the ideas with diabetes
patients, she could find no backers. Pharmaceutical companies turned her down. So did the Juvenile Diabetes Research Association.
Her approach was criticized, even though in the past, said her boss, Dr. Joseph Avruch, chief of the diabetes unit at the Massachusetts General Hospital, "most of the things she found turned out to be true.