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The Year of the Dog

November 27th, 2011

Welcome to our new website!  It is a pleasure to resume this blog, now named The Sheet—for the Islet Sheet, of course. (It’s also journalism slang for a periodical.)  This is an exciting time at Islet Sheet Medical.  We have made an important addition to our team. VoxPop Films is making a documentary about our [...]

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Farewell to The Solving Diabetes Project Web Site

September 27th, 2011

This is my final posting to this blog at the Solving Diabetes Project.  My Islet Sheet Project blog will continue at a new URL in October. I am in the midst of consolidating our new three-way (or five-way) collaboration.  We have achieved our technical goals in Islet Sheet fabrication and are ready to commence large [...]

Current Research
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Highlights of ADA Scientific Sessions III – What A1C for T2D?

August 15th, 2011

Here is my final post based on what I learned at the June ADA meeting.  It was the final session I attended, titled: POST ACCORD – IS GLYCEMIA A MOVING TARGET? Three (clinically active) experts dissected the corpse of the ACCORD study.  (Here is an overview; here is a discussion of the unexpected results.)  These [...]

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diaTribe Report: Targeting a Cure for Type 1 Diabetes

July 31st, 2011

“Targeting a Cure for Type 1 Diabetes” has been published on diaTribe by Kelly Close’s Close Concerns diabetes research organization.  It is detailed, well considered, and makes room for personal opinions, observations and predictions.  I recommend you download and read it, here.  Our work on the Islet Sheet is described in page 67 in the [...]

Diabetes in the Press
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Highlights of ADA Scientific Sessions II – 2011 Banting Lecture

July 20th, 2011

One of the pleasures of attending a big meeting is that sometimes you learn something.  That was certainly case at this year’s Banting Lecture, delivered by Banting Medal winner Barbara Corkey of Boston University. She delivered a very stimulating and thought-provoking lecture with observations from the edge of obesity research that suggest new research directions. She believes [...]

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Highlights of ADA Scientific Sessions I – BGC Trial

July 4th, 2011

The American Diabetes Association held its annual Scientific Sessions last week in San Diego.  Everybody else in the Islet Sheet research group had work to do so I attended alone.  Next time I will summarize all the presentations I found interesting.  This week I will fill you in on the poster that made the front [...]

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Function and Viability of Human Islets Encapsulated in Alginate Sheets: The Poster

June 19th, 2011

Soon I am off to the ADA meeting in San Diego that starts Friday.  So I’ll give you a report on what the diabetes clinicians know after the conference. So this week a little supplement on the IPITA conference in Prague (see previous post).  Some people let me know they want to see the poster [...]

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IPITA 2011: Islet Researchers in Prague

June 6th, 2011

As promised, here is my report from the 2011 meeting of the International Pancreas and Islet Transplant Association meeting in Prague. The highlight for the Islet Project team was unveiling some significant results in the poster to the right, “Function and viability of human islets encapsulated in alginate sheets: in vitro and in vivo culture.” [...]

Islet Sheet Updates
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A Meeting in Prague

May 22nd, 2011

This week we are off to Prague for the IPITA meeting.  IPITA stands for the  International Pancreas and Islet Transplant Association, essentially everyone trying to treat diabetes with islet cell implants whether it be whole pancreas, “naked” islets or encapsulated islets.  Check out the conference web site here. I rather enjoy these events but not [...]

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Waiting for the Physiologist

May 9th, 2011

The last post two weeks ago was about a phase change.  This one starts a new series. I said that I planned to suspend the essays for a while.  From the response here it is clear that some of my readers want to know about our progress pretty often.  So I have decided to periodically [...]

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