Artificial Pancreas Update
Surgeons at Massachusetts General Hospital have been able to produce a scaffold that is able to support pancreatic islets. These islets are the ones that produce the hormone insulin in the pancreas.
Dr. Conrad & His Teams Next Step
"We are trying to improve the survival and the functionality of the islets by creating their pancreas specific niche," he explained. They are trying to form a cellular structure that resembles the natural resting place on which the islets thrive. Dr. Conrad says "Islet cell transplantation is the only treatment of insulin dependent diabetes that can consistently establish insulin independence.” Therefore allowing the diabetic to live a life semi-free of injections and with all the new clinical studies being done on testing devices perhaps a completely needle free diabetic is not that far off in the future.
Human clinical studies will hopefully begin in the near future at least for this phase of the clinical trials.
Source: American College of Surgeons (ACS)