An Implantable Artificial Pancreas: Could It Cure Diabetes?

By: Michael Aviad | June 7, 2011

ßAir is the brainchild of Dr. Pnina Vardi, Director of the Laboratory for the Research of Diabetes and Obesity at Felsenstein Medical Research Centre at Tel Aviv University  and Dr. Konstantin Bloch, head of the research team at the Diabetes and Obesity Research Laboratory, at Felsenstein Medical Research Center and a senior scientist in the Sackler Faculty of Medicine at Tel Aviv University.  For years Vardi and Bloch worked together on islet cell transplants and they were continuously frustrated by the fact that immunosuppression, with its terrible side effects, was necessary to keep islet cells alive.  Their frustration led them to encapsulation studies, where islet cells were placed inside a membrane that protected them from a host’s immune system.


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