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Pancreatic Islet Transplantation Symposium

News headlines have recently referred to the breakthrough made by British surgeon, Dr James Shapiro, based in Edmonton, Canada, who successfully transplanted pancreatic islet cells into patients with Type 1 diabetes, eliminating the need for insulin injections.

Islet cells secrete insulin and it is destruction of these cells which causes Type 1 diabetes. Transplantation of pancreatic islets could prove a significant step forward in curing Type 1 diabetes, which affects approximately a quarter of a million people in the UK.

Researchers at the University of Bristol believe that this breakthrough will prove to be successful and reproducible outside Edmonton, and hope to establish a pancreatic islet transplant programme based at Southmead Hospital, Bristol.

The Bristol team hopes to develop ways of achieving successful islet transplantation without systemic immunosuppression, lessening the risk of infection and malignancy which may be caused by the drugs traditionally used to prevent rejection of transplants.

The University is delighted to be hosting the second Symposium on Pancreatic Islet Transplantation, in Bristol on Friday 25 August 2000.

The symposium will give anyone involved in the care of patients with diabetes the opportunity to assess the prospects for clinical islet transplantation. Keynote speakers attending the symposium, who are at the forefront of this clinical breakthrough, are Rodolfo Alejandro, Miami, Mathias Brendel, Giessen and James Shapiro, Edmonton.

The symposium will explore the future of islet transplantation, in particular the opportunity, which it offers, for novel immunomodulatory treatments, gene therapy and xenotransplantation.

For further details and registration forms for the symposium contact, Dr Richard Smith, Academic Renal Unit, Southmead Hospital, tel/fax: +44 117 959 5438 or email richard.smith@bristol.ac.uk

Further information
Further information about the University and the City of Bristol can be obtained from: The Information Office, Senate House, Tyndall Avenue, Bristol BS8 1TH, tel: (0117) 928 8088, fax 0117 929 2396 email: info.office@bristol.ac.uk and from the University's World Wide Web Site: http://www.bris.ac.uk

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Updated: Thursday, 24-Aug-2000 10:12:56 BST