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TEDxNashville - Maureen Gannon, Ph.D. - 3/21/10

Beyond Insulin: The future of cell-based therapies to treat diabetes - Currently, insulin replacement, in the form of multiple daily injections or via a programmable pump, is the only form of treatment available to Type 1 diabetes patients. While insulin replacement is clearly a lifesaver for these individuals, they must rigorously monitor their own blood sugar levels to ensure appropriate insulin dosing... something the cells in the pancreas normally do on their own. Thus, replacement of fully functional insulin-producing cells would be a more ideal form of treatment and even a cure for patients with Type 1 diabetes. Dr. Gannon discusses the current strategies in diabetes research including: 1. improving islet transplantation methods, 2. generating insulin-producing cells in a Petri dish for use in transplantation, 3. making insulin-producing cells from other types of cells, and 4. regenerating an individual's own insulin-producing cells. About TEDx, x=independently organized event In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x=independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)
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