New Clinical Trial at U of M Hopes to Treat Type 1 Diabetes

December 29, 2017 06:22 AM

University of Minnesota doctors are currently working on a clinical trial could help those with Type 1 Diabetes become insulin independent.

Over 1 million people in the U.S. live with Type 1 diabetes.

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Doctors at the university have succeeded in a clinical trial on animals and now plan to see if it will work on humans.

Gregory Romero, of St. Paul, is part of the trial.

"Everybody is positive, I haven't heard any bad news yet," Romero said of the trial. "I'm still like a month to two months away from when anything could happen."

As part of the trial, doctors are working to create a renewable cell source that will help patients become insulin independent.

"What Greg has, is he has several pouches of cells, implanted in his flank, and also a few in the left forearm," Dr. Melena Bellin, the primary investigator for the trial, said. "Those cell pouches contain immature pancreas cells."

Dr. Bellin said, with Type 1 Diabetes, a renewable cell source is critical. Within nine months, researchers said they are hoping to see insulin production from the cells they transplant in people like Romero.

The university is still seeking people with Type 1 Diabetes to participate in the two-year-long clinical trial. Criteria to participate in the study includes:

  • Having long-standing Type 1 Diabetes
  • Variability in blood glucose levels
  • Severe episodes of hypoglycemia

For patients who would like to submit their name for consideration for future transplant trials for type 1 diabetes, the Schulze Diabetes Institute has posted a link here.

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