[IP] FW: World First Living Donor Transplant of Islet Cells a Success
>> > World-First Living Donor Transplant of Islet Cells a Success
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>> > DIABETES, EDMONTON PROTOCOL, ISLET CELLS
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>> > A University of Alberta surgeon, well known for his pioneering work in
>> > developing the Edmonton Protocol treatment for diabetes, has taken
>> > important step in the fight against diabetes.
>> > Newswise - A University of Alberta and Capital Health surgeon, well
>> > for his pioneering work in developing the Edmonton Protocol treatment
>> > diabetes, has taken another important step in the fight against
>> > On January 19, at Kyoto University Hospital, Dr. Koichi Tanaka and Dr.
>> > James Shapiro, along with a team of Japanese surgeons, removed part of
>> > 56-year-old woman's pancreas. Dr. Shinichi Masumoto then isolated the
>> > living islets in the Kyoto Centre for Cell and Molecular Therapy. Under
>> > Dr. Shapiro's supervision, the team then transplanted the
>> > insulin-producing cells into the woman's 27-year-old diabetic daughter.
>> > The transplanted islets began producing insulin within minutes,
>> > Dr. Shapiro. "The reason I'm so excited about this is because normally
>> > Edmonton Protocol is done with islets from brain-dead organ donors.
>> > islets are often severely injured from cold storage, transport time and
>> > the pancreas is severely damaged by toxins which circulate in the blood
>> > stream after brain death."
>> > "Our expectation is that these islets from near-perfect organs will
>> > better, although it's too early to tell," he says.
>> > The recipients use the same drugs to prevent organ rejection as are
>> > in the Edmonton Protocol.
>> > Dr. Shapiro was invited to participate in the operation in Kyoto,
>> > where he originally did living donor liver transplant training with Dr.
>> > Tanaka. Dr. Masumoto was previously based in Seattle and had been
>> > in Dr. Shapiro's international trial of the Edmonton Protocol before
>> > returning to Japan. Dr. Shapiro first suggested the idea of starting a
>> > living donor islet transplant program in Kyoto while lecturing there
>> > years ago. Cadaveric organ donors are scarce in Japan, and living
>> > has very established roots in liver and kidney transplantation there.
>> > "Living donor islet transplants could allow many more desperate
>> > with type 1 diabetes to get successful islet transplants," says Dr.
>> > Shapiro. "The donor operation is relatively safe, but is not entirely
>> > devoid of serious potential risk," he added.
>> > A shortage of donor islet cells is the biggest obstacle preventing
>> > implementation for all patients who need it, Shapiro added.
>> > The mother of the diabetic daughter was in perfect health, while her
>> > daughter has been on the cadaver donors transplant list since September
>> > 2004. Before the surgery, the woman had been subject to severe low
>> > sugar coma attacks, and her glucose control has been transformed by the
>> > transplant.
>> > Website: http://www.med.ualberta.ca/islet
>> > <http://www.med.ualberta.ca/islet>
>> > Photos available upon request
>> > Denise Owens
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