The landmark NIH Registration Trial of Clinical Islet Transplantation has just been published. This shows that islet transplantation provides robust protection from severe hypoglycemia and excellent glycemic control over 2 years.
A study of quality of life after islet transplantation from the patient's point of view has been published which gives a different perspective than we usually hear.
We've recently developed a tool (the BETA-2 score) which allows us to calculate a score to measure the function of an islet transplant from a single fasting blood test. This will allow us to monitor function more easily and more frequently over time. There is even an online tool to calculate the score.
If you wish to register your interest to volunteer for one of our current or future research studies, please click here.
Current Trials with Viacyte's VC-01 Beta-Cell Replacement...
Viacyte have developed a line of pancreatic endoderm cells (PEC-01). We are looking for volunteers with Type 1 Diabetes to help us move forward in our efforts to bring "stem cell therapy" to the clinic. Specific information is here
"Regular" Clinical Islet Transplants
If there's too much information to read, why not watch some video clips which describe islet transplantation
A summary of progress in the Islet Transplant Program has been published in the Canadian Journal of Diabetes
Shortage of Applicants
Currently our wait list is very short, partly because we have successfully transplanted many people who formerly had Type 1 diabetes. In addition many people have been reluctant to apply, often because they think that islet transplant is for "other people". Our islet transplant recipients are normal people, just like you. More info...
We are actively processing applications...
... so if you think that an islet transplant might be right for you, please apply
Information for Canadian Residents
Detailed patient information is provided on this site. Please see the links on the left hand side.
We have an information pack which you may like to download and print
If you are not sure if you might be a candidate you may want to start here
The following individuals are closely involved with the Clinical Islet Transplant Program in Edmonton:
Dr. James Shapiro (Director)
Dr. Peter Senior (Medical Director/Endocrinologist)
Dr. David Bigam (Transplant Surgeon)
Dr. Norm Kneteman (Transplant Surgeon)
And many others: interventional radiology doctors and staff, nurse coordinators, islet isolation staff, dietitian, patient and family support coordinator, metabolic coordinator, research staff, and clerical staff.
Information for International Residents
For more information contact the Clinical Islet Transplant Program in Edmonton:
Clinical Islet Transplant Program
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