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News from the DRI.

Tick tock.CBS 12 news in Boca Raton posted this news item, with a video, about the Diabetes Research Institute's announcement tomorrow.  It's just a morsel of what I'm hoping we'll see in full during tomorrow's announcement.  Click here for the video (as I could not, for the life of me, figure out how to embed it into this post), as it's the meatiest part of the article.

From reporter Suzanne Boyd, at CBS 12 News"The problem with implanting these islet cells into the liver is that the patients have to take anti-rejection drugs, so it's not really a cure.  The next phase of the project is to create a mini organ, sort of a bio hub for these cells that can then replace the patient's pancreas." 

I am all about moving forward with cure research and fueling - hope towards that cure, but at the same time, I need to remain firmly rooted in realism. I want people to hear this news and become/remain inspired, not have their hearts broken because it's not what they want most.

That said, this is exciting news on the research front and I hope someday someone finally takes a bite out of the "five to ten years until the cure" time frame, because I've been hearing that same promise for twenty-six years and counting.

Bring it on, researchers.  We're more than ready.


Comments

The woman in this piece received an islet transplant which was done years ago---it was what we learned from these patients that will lead to tomorrow's information. This News Station does not include all of the information because it was embargoed until March 5th, they were not allowed to air the information. Save and ask Dr. Ricordi any questions you have.....we will have him live in a webcast in the very near future.

OMG! Holding my breath for my type 1 friends.

So very cool. i want to part of the trials!

There's a link up now...http://www.diabetesresearch.org/BioHub

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