Transplants Free Patients of Type 1 Diabetes

Dr. Christian P. Larsen, faculty member in Immunology and Molecular Pathogenesis, is featured in an Atlanta Journal-Constitution article about islet transplantation and diabetes. According to Dr. Larsen, the Emory transplant surgeon who headed up a clinical trial with Dr. Nicole Turgeon, early experiments in islet transplantation were considered failures, but interest was rekindled in 2000.

“It’s pretty miraculous that you can infuse a small number of cells into the pancreas and it completely reverses diabetes when the transplant is successful,” Larsen said.

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