Bookmark and Share
Print Friendly and PDF

2001 Press Release

DRI's Ricordi Wins World Prize in Surgery

Miami, FL (February, 2001) -- The Ricordi Method, an automated procedure for isolating of pancreatic islet cells, was developed in 1986 by the Diabetes Research Institute’s scientific director Camillo Ricordi, M.D., while working in the laboratory of Paul Lacy, M.D., at Washington University in St. Louis.

The method, which includes the use of the Ricordi Chamber, helped earn Dr. Ricordi the Nessim Habif World Prize in Surgery from the University of Geneva in 2001. The prize is given for the invention of a machine or apparatus that has made it possible to achieve significant progress in a field of surgery.

Dr. Ricordi’s invention of the automated method of islet isolation made it possible for scientists to obtain larger numbers of islets from a human pancreas. Further improvements on the Ricordi Method have made it possible to isolate enough islets from one pancreas to transplant one patient. Until recently, as many as five and six organs were needed to carry out one transplant, making the advent of this automated method a major step forward in the field. The Ricordi Method continues to be the backbone of all islet cell isolation procedures.

DRI Scientific Director Camillo Ricordi, M.D.

The Ricordi Chamber
DRI Scientific Director Camillo Ricordi, M.D., and the Ricordi Chamber.


Diabetes Research Institute Foundation
200 S. Park Road, Suite 100
Hollywood, FL 33021
[P]   (954) 964-4040
[TF] (800) 321-3437
[F]   (954) 964-7036

Join Us on FacebookWatch us on YouTubeFollow Us on Twitter

BBB Wise Giving Alliance Accredited Charity  The Diabetes Research Institute Foundation is a Gold Level Participant on the GuideStar Exchange.  The Blue Circle - the global symbol for diabetes

Home | LoginDRInsider Sign Up | Site MapSite Search Contact UsDirectionsRecommended LinksPrivacy and Terms of Use | Mission Statements

© 2016 Diabetes Research Institute Foundation - National Office: 200 S. Park Road, Suite 100, Hollywood, FL 33021 - (954) 964-4040

Miller School of Medicine