GMP Cell Processing Core
At the GMP Cell Processing Core, cells called islets are taken from a pancreas, purified, then transplanted into the liver of a diabetic patient. Islets help the patient's body begin to regulate blood glucose in a more normal way and prevent hypoglycemia and hypoglycemia unawareness. An islet transplant may also be performed for a patient with chronic pancreatitis.
Over the past 10 years, more than 200 human islet isolations have been performed by the UVA islet isolation team, providing the expertise to isolate islets for successful clinical transplantation. The program has performed 27 pancreatic islet auto transplants - with results that rival the world’s leading islet transplant programs - and 6 human islet allotransplants under 2 investigational new drugs. More than 50 million human islets have been provided to diabetes researchers around the world, accelerating the pace of discovery in diabetes research.
We are currently updating the Research & Contact links. In the meantime, please contact Lab Manager Linda Langman at LAW6R@virginia.edu with questions about the GMP Cell Processing Core.