video Tissue Engineering and Cellular Replacement in Diabetes Treatment
Head, Diabetes Research Institute, Miami
Distinguished Professor of Medicine, University of Miami
Islet transplants offer similar results to those of other organ transplants in terms of long-term outcomes, although there is still a need for life-long assumption of anti-rejection drugs. New strategies for more effective diabetes treatments focus on engineering a mini-endocrine pancreas in the abdominal cavity, using 3D scaffolds and local protective systems, in order to avoid systemic anti-rejection drugs.