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Hope for end to insulin jabs.


COVENTRY diabetes sufferers can learn more about a revolutionary new treatment which could end the need for insulin jabs.

An open evening has been arranged by the Coventry volunteers group of Diabetes UK for people to learn more about a procedure which involves using transplanted pig cells.

It involves transplanting healthy insulin-producing cells, called islets of Langerhans, into a diabetes Type I sufferer.

Islet transplantations have taken place but recipients need strong anti- rejection drugs which can produce harsh side-effects.

US researchers claimed a breakthrough last year when they transplanted pig islets into a baboon with no sign of rejection.

Diabetes UK is co-ordinating UK islet research.

Richard Dowling, from the Islet Research Laboratory, Worcester, will be at the postgraduate centre, Coventry and Warwickshire Hospital on Tuesday June 10, at 7.30pm to give a talk entitled: Pancreatic islet transplantation - dreams and harsh reality.

Annette Green, who chairs the local group, said: "This talk should be of great interest to all with Type I diabetes, especially parents of diabetic children as they are the group that would benefit most from this research."

For free tickets phone 024 7641 0300.
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:May 23, 2003
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