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Advancing diabetes research

World-renowned scientists at the University of Minnesota are leading the way in developing advanced treatments and potential cures for type 1 and 2 diabetes, thanks to a community of charitable supporters.

Type 1 diabetes is caused by the immune system’s destruction of insulin-producing cells, known as islets, in the pancreas. University researchers established a standardized treatment for human islet-cell transplantation, which is now in the final stages of review by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to become a routine medical procedure for treating type 1 diabetes in certain patients.

Philanthropic support makes discovery possible

With the help of charitable gifts, U scientists and physicians in the Schulze Diabetes Institute and Stem Cell Institute are:

  • seeking ways to prevent islets from being killed by the body and protect replaced or regenerated islets and organs in patients with type 1 diabetes
  • establishing an unlimited source of islet cells for transplantation using pig islets and creating insulin-producing islet cells from adult stem cells
  • participating in TrialNet, a global network of researchers working on diabetes prevention and early treatment
  • developing more effective ways to prevent, better manage, and reverse type 2 diabetes
  • providing surgical solutions and developing new drugs to address the challenges of diabetes

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Jean Gorell, CRFE
Senior Director of Development, Diabetes, Surgery and Special Initiatives

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