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Islet Cell Transplantation
Islet cells are insulin-producing cells in the pancreas. Patients with type-1 diabetes, also known as juvenile diabetes, do not produce insulin because their immune system destroyed their body's insulin-producing islet cells. At UI Health, we have the technology to isolate the islet cells from a donor, then inject them into the patient. If the donor cells take and are not rejected, the patient will no longer suffer from diabetes.
Led by Dr. Jose Oberholzer, the Islet Cell Transplantation Program at UI Health has performed over 250 human islet isolations for both transplant and research to date. UI Health is a federally funded islet cell resource center and provides islet preparation for researchers around the world.