The Rise and Fall of Diabetes
Diabetes affects 463M people and is now in the top 10 causes of death worldwide. In Alberta, about 1.2 million people are living with diabetes or prediabetes. During our next Virtual Expedition, Dr. James Shapiro, the lead on the research team that resulted in the Edmonton Protocol, will speak on the next stage of diabetes treatment and cure.
Join us to learn more about the history of diabetes and the success Dr. Shapiro’s team has seen in converting patients’ blood cells into insulin-producing islet cells.
Tuesday, June 7, 2022
4:00 – 5:00 PM (MT)
“To transplant an unlimited supply of self-derived human islets without antirejection is a novel approach to treat diabetes and could be the world’s first functional cure.”
The End of Diabetes
Insulin is a proven treatment but not a cure for diabetes. The Edmonton Protocol, a procedure for transplanting healthy donor islets into the liver of a person with diabetes, is successful but is dependent on matching donor islets and also creates a lifelong dependency on anti-rejection drugs for the recipient. By replacing damaged islets with new islets manufactured from a patient’s own blood cells, Dr. James Shapiro and his team at the University of Alberta have developed a way for diabetes patients to create their own insulin – thereby curing diabetes.
This procedure has successfully reversed diabetes in mice and the next step is to validate whether these induced islet cells can be implemented in humans.
Learn more about the rise and fall of diabetes during our Virtual Expedition on June 7, 2022.