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[IP] Islet Cell Transplantation

 CDA asked me to pass this along in case our members know any potential
 candidates who may be interested in taking part in the study.  Neala thinks
there may be opportunities for candidates outside of the Vancover area and
across the country.
Subject: Islet Cell Transplantation
Please circulate the following press release.

For Immediate Release
Groundbreaking Diabetes Research Program Looking for Volunteers
     Vancouver Hospital will perform BC's first islet cell transplantations
(February 18, 2002, Vancouver, BC) ---   Vancouver Hospital's Islet
 Cell Transplantation Program is looking for people with Type 1 diabetes to
receive leading edge diabetes care, including participating in B.C.'s
first islet cell transplants.

   The transplants will be performed using techniques developed by Dr
Garth Warnock and his colleagues at the University of Alberta.  Dr Warnock
 now head of surgery at Vancouver Hospital and UBC and will be leading the
team that will perform the transplants.

  The islet cell transplants will be offered as part of a research study
comparing the best current therapies for diabetes with transplantation.
 Potential candidates will be 20 - 55 years old, have had diabetes for at
least 5 years, and have experienced a certain degree of eye and kidney
 damage from diabetes.

   "The Canadian Diabetes Association has an ongoing commitment to fund
leading edge diabetes research and care," said Catherine Adair,  Executive
Director of the Canadian Diabetes Association (Pacific Area).
  "We're very excited about this initiative and will continue raising  funds
for promising research through 'Quest for Discovery', which has a
  goal of raising $250,000 in the lower mainland."

Islet cell transplants are part of a new era in transplantation medicine in
which transplants will need to be compared to other available
  treatments.  Many current types of transplantation, such as heart and
liver, are given to patients for whom there is no alternative effective
treatment.  Islet cell recipients will need to take immunosuppressive drugs
which themselves have long-term risks.  For this reason it will  be
  important to carefully determine the risks and benefits of islet cell
transplants and conventional treatment.

  "We hope to learn from the study which people do best with a transplant
and which people remain healthier by receiving the best diabetes care
 available today," said Dr David M. Thompson, Head of Endocrinology at
Vancouver Hospital and UBC, who will be coordinating the conventional
diabetes care portion of the study.

 "Islet cell transplantations aren't a cure for Type 1 diabetes,"  continued
Dr David M. Thompson. "Up until now, by the time a person has reached the
need for a transplant, it's been looked upon as an
  alternative to mortality. The question is, who would be better off with
the transplants, as opposed to continuing with insulin therapy? People can
live for decades taking insulin, but some of those people will  develop
devastating complications such as kidney failure and heart
 disease. We hope to learn which group does better -- the group receiving
the transplants, or the group receiving the best diabetes care
 available today."

 People interested in obtaining further information about the Islet Cell
Transplantation Study can contact the Vancouver Hospital Division of
 Endocrinology by e-mail at  email @ redacted  or fax at
   604-875-5925. Website is www.bcendocrineresearch.com

  About the Canadian Diabetes Association
  More than two million Canadians have diabetes and this number is expected
to reach three million by 2010.  Risk factors include being over the age of
45, being related to a person with diabetes, or having high blood pressure.

  The Canadian Diabetes Association works to prevent diabetes and improve
the quality of life for those affected, through research, education,
service and advocacy.  Operating through more than 150 locations, the
Canadian Diabetes Association's strong network of assistance includes
volunteers, employees, healthcare professionals and partners.

John Kageorge, Marketing & Communications Officer Canadian Diabetes
Association, Pacific Area
1385 W. 8th Avenue, Suite 360, Vancouver, BC  V6H 3V9
(604) 732-1331, ext 233          1-800-665-6526          fax: 732-8444
    email @ redacted          www.diabetes.ca

Neala Gill, MA, RN
 Manager, Programs & Services
  Canadian Diabetes Association, Nova Scotia Division
Phone:  (902) 453-4232, option 2, ext. 231
Tollfree in NS:  1-800-326-7712   Fax:  (902) 453-4440
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