Posts Tagged ‘edmonton protocol’

Interspecies generation of insulin producing cells now a reality

Author: David Kent, 03/01/17

From science fiction novelists through to medical doctors and industry leaders, a huge amount of attention has been given to the idea of growing human organs for transplantation in large farm animals like pigs and sheep. The need for organs to transplant into patients is one driving motivation (~5000 patients waiting in Canada alone), but…Read more

Beta cell transplant, hype or hope?

Author: Mark Curtis, 12/04/14

. The Edmonton Protocol for the transplantation of insulin producing cells into individuals with type 1 diabetes (T1DM) has a cost per quality-adjusted life year (QALY) of ~$165,000. This is more than three times the willingness-to-pay (WTP) in Canada, and comfortably twice the WTP in the United States for many health care insurance plans. Even…Read more

Researchers use their ‘noodles’: nanotechnology for regenerative medicine

Author: Angela C. H. McDonald, 05/29/12

Nanotechnology has been a buzzword in the medical technology community for some time. It is defined as the manipulation and use of microscopic structures at the molecular scale, generally 1-100 nanometres in size (1 nanometre is 1 billionth of a metre, which translates to approximately 1 billionth the length of a baseball bat!) Nanotechnology is…Read more