Supporting New Human Trials for a Cure
The Squash Diabetes! campaign supports what many consider to be the most promising near-term cure strategy for diabetes – creating and implanting a living cell bio-artificial pancreas in diabetics (see graphic), without the use of harmful immunosuppression drugs. This development is based on NASA-derived technology discovered and advanced by physicist-astronaut Dr. Taylor Wang at the Vanderbilt University Center for Microgravity Research. Dr. Wang's encapsulife technology has reversed diabetes in dogs and, more recently, in non-human primate trials in collaboration with Dr. James Markmann, Chief of Transplant Surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital. The technology is ready for human trials.
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A bio-artificial pancreas "patch" with encapsulated islet cells, ready for simple subcutaneous transplant, requiring no immunosuppression drugs with their negative side effects.
Diabetes is epidemic in parts of the world, especially in the United States. The World Health Organization estimates that 346 million people worldwide suffer from diabetes. It is the 5th leading killer in the United States, and the primary cause of blindness, amputation and kidney failure. Diabetes-related complications account for 25% of U.S. Medicare spending. Curing diabetes will have a remarkable impact on the United States and the world.
New Generation Foundation began supporting Dr. Wang’s research following the 2008 publication of breakthrough trials, where Type I diabetes was consistently and predictably reversed through the implantation of encapsulated islet cells in diabetic canines, without use of immuno-suppression drugs. With New Generation support, Dr. Wang’s developments are now being successfully tested in preparation for human trials in collaboration with the Harvard University Medical Center.
Learn More: www.encapsulife.org.
“After 25 years of determined research, we are close to achieving a functional cure for diabetes, the 5th leading cause of death in the U.S. We are grateful to New Generation Foundation for their support of our work toward a cure that will help millions of people suffering from diabetes.”
John Seiver, General Counsel, Encapsulife
The Squash Diabetes! Campaign
The Squash Diabetes! campaign was launched by the Georgetown University Women's Squash Team, where a team member successfully competes in the vigorous game of squash despite the health challenges of Type 1/Juvenile Diabetes. Proceeds raised from Squash Diabetes! support the human trials team led by Dr. Wang.
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