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Stem cells engineered with 'suicide genes' offer a double fail-safe approach

February 19, 2019

DRI Scientists Engineer 'Suicide Genes' to Safely Grow Insulin-Producing Beta Cells from Stem Cells

For the first time, DRI scientists have engineered a stem cell line containing two ‘suicide genes’ that induce cell death in all but the desired insulin-producing cells. This double fail-safe approach opens the door to creating safe cell-replacement therapies for people living with type 1 diabetes.


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Out of the KitchenSouth Florida's Top Chefs Cook "Out of the Kitchen" to Benefit the DRI
March 20, 2019 -- Imagine 21 of South Florida’s most popular chefs all under one roof simultaneously cooking innovative, three-course meals right at the tableside! It’s happening at Out of the Kitchen, where adventurous diners—who won’t know what they’re being served until that very night—will be seated at tables of 12 and have the opportunity to interact with these culinary artists while they create.

Italian Minister of Health Appoints DRI Director Camillo Ricordi, M.D., to Italy's Supreme Council of Health
February 7, 2019 -- Camillo Ricordi, M.D., director of the Diabetes Research Institute at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, has been appointed by Italian Minister of Health Giulia Grillo to Italy’s Supreme Council of Health, the committee of medical experts who advise the government on health policy.

Diabetes Research Institute_Can the eye help achieve islet transplant tolerance in type 1 diabetes?Can the Eye Help Achieve Islet Transplant Tolerance in Type 1 Diabetes?
January 31, 2019 -- DRI researchers show that islets transplanted in the eye of experimental and preclinical recipients can function long-term without continued immunosuppression, and may lead to long-term peripheral immune tolerance in other transplant sites.

 

 

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DRI In the News

Fairfield family to host music fundraiser for diabetes in honor of son
April 16, 2019 | Fairfield Citizen

Fabulous Food: Out of the Kitchen
April 3, 2019 | NBC 6 in the Mix

Eye-lets in T1D
April 2, 2019 | The Ophthalmologist

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