Researchers at UM’s Diabetes Research Institute say the transplants of insulin-producing cells could move soon from study to regular practice......
....Ricordi and other researchers are excited about other parallel research:
• A new trial in conducting transplants that could eliminate the need of anti-rejection drugs by using the donor’s bone marrow cells to replace the recipient’s immune system.
• New materials to encapsulate and protect the islet transplants from the body’s immune system.
• New ways to deliver the anti-rejection drugs just to the cells that need it, instead of the entire body.
• Using cells from alternative sources, like targeting progenitor cells from a patient’s own pancreas, to regenerate as those special insulin-producing cells. That would eliminate the need for transplants and anti-rejection drugs.