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The Way Things Are: Beta-O2

March 18th, 2014

In this “reboot” series we review recent developments in encapsulated islet technology and what they mean for the future of the Islet Sheet Project.  Our subject today is the oxygen problem and the company that has taken on this problem in the most direct fashion: Beta O2. Approximately 650 million years ago the amount of [...]


A Dog for Jordan

February 25th, 2014

By John D. Golenski, Executive Director, Hanuman Medical Foundation Now and then this blog takes a break from reporting on developments with islet encapsulation and the Islet Sheet to report on someone living with type 1 diabetes. The end goal of our scientific quest is a practical cure for diabetes – but until then, we [...]

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The Way Things Are: LCT

February 19th, 2014

In this “reboot” series we review recent developments in encapsulated islet technology and what they mean for the future of the Islet Sheet Project. Today we look at the granddaddy of these projects, LCT’s DIABECELL for type 1 diabetes. DIABECELL was the first encapsulation technology to reach the clinic in a private setting, and consists [...]

A Cure for Diabetes?, Current Research, Diabetes Technology, Scott's Opinion
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February 5th, 2014

It’s been while, but I’m back.  Thanks to folks asking about me.  I have settled in New Orleans and am setting up a pied-à-terre in New York City.  We have just had an all-hands meeting in California to discuss next steps on the Islet Sheet Project.  More on that later. I was woken up by [...]

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Jellyfish Images in Monterey

October 20th, 2013

Last month I attended the annual conference of the IPITA (International Pancreas Islet & Transplant Association) in Monterey, California. I arrived very late, exhausted from the chain of three flights from New Orleans, quickly unpacked at the Spindrift Inn, and fell asleep. The next morning, after I showered, a dark red plume like a leaf of [...]

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Images of Islet Sheet Treatment of Diabetic Mice

September 20th, 2013

In my last post, I told you how much my father enjoyed observing the current experiments with Islet Sheets at UC Irvine. Here are some views of the experiment: 1. Islet Sheet under the surface of a mouse’s skin, with the implant area shaved.   2. Islet Sheet on sterile drape, just before implantation.   [...]


Robert King Visits Jon Lakey’s Laboratory

August 28th, 2013

My father, Robert King, is 90 years old. In early August we met up in Southern California to see what’s going on in Islet Sheet research.   Ever since I developed type 1 diabetes, he has been supportive of my efforts to find a cure. At 90 he doesn’t travel as much as he used [...]

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Why JDRF Doesn’t Fund Islet Sheet Medical – 1

July 24th, 2013

Part 1:  ISM Is Too Small Over the past six months, Islet Sheet Medical has found a way to work with JDRF to mutual advantage. JDRF does not fund us directly, but we are included in their Encapsulation Consortium. Rick Storrs and I attended the launch meeting of this group in March. Our participation in [...]


Invitation to Compare Encapsulation Companies from Brett

July 17th, 2013

Hi,I first want to thank you people for the work and dedication you have committed to looking for a potential type 1 diabetes cure. I am very interested in what you guys are developing and was wondering if you would take the time to answer a few questions?? I will try and be brief but [...]

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Report from American Diabetes Association Meeting 2013

June 25th, 2013

The American Diabetes Association just concluded its annual meeting in Chicago. The ADA reports that almost 18,000 attended. Here are my impressions, in no particular order. Immune Therapy to Extend Islet Function at Diagnosis.  I went to two sessions addressing this topic and spoke to a presenter after one of them. The idea is simple. [...]

Conference Report
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