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Missouri Welcomes Back Dr. Camillo Ricordi

by Diabetes Research Institute on Thursday, September 29, 2011 at 10:22 am on T1 Diabetes Cure - Global Headquarters and Diabetes Research Institute Facebook pages.

Today DRI Scientific Director Dr. Camillo Ricordi returns to St. Louis, MO, where he began his work in islet transplantation with the late Professor Paul E. Lacy at Washington University.  It was 25 years ago in the very same city that Dr. Ricordi invented what is now known as the Ricordi Chamber.   

Serving tonight as the featured speaker at a special event sponsored by the Missouri Cures Education Foundation, his focus, as always, will be on curing diabetes in the fastest, safest and most efficient way possible. The title of his presentation is "Cellular Therapies, Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine Strategies for the Treatment of Diabetes.

The Ricordi Chamber has become internationally-used to isolate large numbers of insulin-producing cells from a human pancreas for transplant into patients with diabetes. (Even if you're not a diabetes research guru, you may have seen it on Grey's Anatomy!)  Recognized as a world leader in the field, Dr. Ricordi has pioneered numerous techniques that have led to successful islet transplants. 

The visit will also be a homecoming for Dr. Ricordi's wife, Valerie Grace Ricordi, a St. Louis-area native and graduate of the John Burroughs School. The two met while Dr. Ricordi was a researcher in St. Louis.   

You can learn more from an interesting article published in the St. Louis Beacon here: 

Or find out more about Dr. Ricordi here:     

You can also read about this evening's event here:


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