Scientists at the Diabetes Research Institute are taking huge strides on the path to developing a safe and effective method for restoring natural insulin production in people who are affected by diabetes. The new technique, which involves placing islet cells into a biodegradable scaffold (or: BioHub), seeks to find a permanent solution to malfunctioning pancreas.
In the past, researchers have implanted insulin-producing islet cells — normally found in the pancreas — into the liver of diabetic persons, with some success. However, when islets have been implanted into the liver, the cells eventually dissipate and the patient must once again resume insulin therapy.
The new BioHub method, of which two alternatives are currently in pilot clinical trials, hopes to create a pocket in the patient’s omentum into which the islet cells will be implanted. If the trials are successful, this could lead to a way for diabetic patients to naturally restore their body’s ability to create insulin with few to no side-effects.
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