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Research in the lab of Quinn P. Peterson, Ph.D., aims to build human islets as a cell replacement therapy for type 1 diabetes. The transplantation of these "designer" islets may restore the ability to produce insulin and regulate blood glucose in patients with type 1 diabetes.
For more information about islet regeneration and the work conducted by Dr. Peterson, visit the Center for Regenerative Medicine's Islet Regeneration Program.
The transplantation of stem cell-derived islets provides a promising approach to treating type 1 diabetes. Successful transplantation of these cells may allow people with type 1 diabetes to produce their own insulin, remove the need for insulin injections and blood glucose monitoring, and eliminate complications from type 1 diabetes.
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