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From Tashkent, Uzbekistan:

My son has had diabetes since he was 16 years old. He is now 20 years old. Is there any hope to cure him by an islet transplantation? If yes, what are the most professional reliable centers to proceed with such operation?

Answer:

There are definite reasons for optimism that a successful strategy may be developed for islet transplantation in type 1 diabetes. However, most pilot trials are currently limited to regional or local patients for logistic problems related to the requirement for frequent patient follow-up.

Besides our program at University of Miami (the Diabetes Research Institute), active programs include the Diabetes Institute for Immunology and Transplantation at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, and the Islet Transplant Programs at the University of Giessen, Germany, and the San Raffaele Institute, Milan, Italy. Other centers include Dr. Pipeleer's group in Brussels, Belgium, the Karolinska Institute in Sweden, Dr. Paul Gores in Charlotte, North Carolina, and others that you may find at the site for the International Islet Transplant Registry web site. You can also get additional information on our clinical trials and research initiatives in Miami by visiting the Diabetes Research Institute web site.

CR

Original posting 22 Mar 1999
Posted to Research: Cure

  
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