Read a Q+A with Dr. Richard N. Bergman, PhD, about the Cedars-Sinai Diabetes and Obesity Research Institute and his work with the Islet Sheet Project. (PDF download)

Jonathan R. T. Lakey

Richard N. Bergman

Marillyn Ader

Paul Johnson

Paul de Vos

Collaborating Researchers

Background on Jonathan R. T. Lakey

Jonathan Lakey is Director of Research and Associate Professor of Surgery at the University of California, Irvine, and Director of the Clinical Islet Program there. One of the collaborators on the Edmonton Protocol and a world leader in islet isolation and transplantation, Dr. Lakey has worked with the Islet Sheet Project since 2008.

Dr. Lakey’s faculty profile at University of California, Irvine, including grants, professional affiliations, and complete list of publications.

Read Jonathan Lakey’s bio.

Background on Richard N. Bergman

Richard N. Bergman, PhD, an internationally renowned expert in diabetes and obesity research, is Director of the Cedars-Sinai Diabetes and Obesity Research Institute. Previously Bergman was the Keck Professor of Medicine and chair of the Department of Physiology and Biophysics the University of Southern California. An influential diabetes researcher for more than three decades, he pioneered the use of engineering principles to understand mechanisms that lead to development of diabetes. He is directing canine trials of the Islet Sheet at Cedars-Sinai.

Press release on Dr. Bergman’s appointment at Cedars-Sinai.

Dr. Bergman’s profile as Director, Metabolic Research Laboratory at Keck School of Medicine, USC (past position), including awards and affiliations.

 Read Richard Bergman’s bio.

Background on Marilyn Ader

Ader, a physiologist, is Associate Director of the Cedar-Sinai institute and Principal Investigator under Dr. Bergman for the large-animal studies component of the Islet Sheet Project. View her paper coauthored with Richard Bergman on glucose effectiveness and another on the possible links between use of antipsychotics and diabetes in teens.

 Read Marilyn Ader’s bio.

Background on Paul Johnson

Johnson is professor of pediatric surgery at the University of Oxford and Director of the Oxford Islet Transplant Programme. His particular clinical interests are pancreatic and endocrine surgery, and cell transplantation. His research interests include optimizing human islet isolation, and understanding normal pancreatic development and islet neogenesis. Members of his group at Oxford are participating in evaluation of tissue reaction to implanted Islet Sheets and may eventually conduct clinical studies there.

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Background on Paul de Vos

Dr. Paul de Vos is associate professor of immunoendocrinology in the Department of Pathology and Medical Biology, University Medical Center Groningen, the Netherlands. His areas of research have been microencapsulation of islets, alginate, epithelial cells, immuno-modulation, and targeting of cells and food components. Currently his group is studying tissue samples from the rodent Islet Sheet studies at UC Irvine, with the goal of identifying the nature of cellular reaction to Islet Sheet Medical’s alginate and Islet Sheets.

Read Paul de Vos’s bio.