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News from the DRI.

Tick tock.CBS 12 news in Boca Raton posted this news item, with a video, about the Diabetes Research Institute's announcement tomorrow.  It's just a morsel of what I'm hoping we'll see in full during tomorrow's announcement.  Click here for the video (as I could not, for the life of me, figure out how to embed it into this post), as it's the meatiest part of the article.

From reporter Suzanne Boyd, at CBS 12 News"The problem with implanting these islet cells into the liver is that the patients have to take anti-rejection drugs, so it's not really a cure.  The next phase of the project is to create a mini organ, sort of a bio hub for these cells that can then replace the patient's pancreas." 

I am all about moving forward with cure research and fueling - hope towards that cure, but at the same time, I need to remain firmly rooted in realism. I want people to hear this news and become/remain inspired, not have their hearts broken because it's not what they want most.

That said, this is exciting news on the research front and I hope someday someone finally takes a bite out of the "five to ten years until the cure" time frame, because I've been hearing that same promise for twenty-six years and counting.

Bring it on, researchers.  We're more than ready.

And here we go. Video about the BioHub:

And a link to the BioHub FAQ page on the Diabetes Research Institute's site.

Diabetes Mine has a great write up about the BioHub on their site. Check that out for info on how this is good news, but not new news. Hopefully next time there is research progress to report, there is more fact than hype.


The woman in this piece received an islet transplant which was done years ago---it was what we learned from these patients that will lead to tomorrow's information. This News Station does not include all of the information because it was embargoed until March 5th, they were not allowed to air the information. Save and ask Dr. Ricordi any questions you have.....we will have him live in a webcast in the very near future.

OMG! Holding my breath for my type 1 friends.

So very cool. i want to part of the trials!

There's a link up now...http://www.diabetesresearch.org/BioHub

Is it bad that my first thought was I wish Bill Gates had Type I Diabetes? Yeah, I'm just kidding but man we need more money! I want a cure NOW!

This is exactly what I have hoped and prayed for for 22 years. Let's hope it comes true.

So hoping/praying this actually happens! I cried as I watched the video!

Gotta say, I am glad I watched this video after the news came out and after I read http://www.dlife.com/diabetes/type-1/amy_nov0308
(Hype and Hope - about the Diabetes news puzzle). "It's a Miracle" "Biological Cure" Watching this video, it does seem like there has been a crazy, immediate breakthrough - not a breakthrough of ideas (as it seems as actually happened). You really have to pay attention to all the "would be" or "could be" in lieu of "is now". The inclusion of the woman that spoke of freedom from diabetes and had the islet transplant (years ago) was misleading. I wouldn't have known that she didn't have a BioHub, except for Tom's comment. "What happens next - depends on you" Barf. Listen, if I had the cash - there would be no question! But now I just feel sad that we have to live with this crappy disease until funding can be raised, but THEN, oh then, Diabetes is a done deal. Double Barf. "Sorry, would have cured it sooner, but the money just wasn't there".

In any case, post-rant, at least there are strides. As you said Kerri, this is "good news, but not new news". See: http://viacyte.com/products/vc-01-diabetes-therapy/

In 12/12 I passed the 40 year mark with T1, I'm not jaded, but I gave up hope of a cure for myself decades ago. I honestly hope this continuing research on Islet transplantation works miracles for people worldwide, and I would like to help anyway I can. My body is so wracked I just do not see the research helping me, but I am praying others don't see 40 years of dealing with this disease.

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