School of Medicine students from Sexual Development and Reproduction module published in Diabetic Medicine

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Each year, first year medical and Special Masters Program in Physiology students write review articles in the Sexual Development and Reproduction module, directed by Dr. Gallicano. Of these reviews, a small number of outstanding articles are submitted for publication in peer-reviewed journals, with seven papers published in journals such as Diabetic Medicine, Stem Cells and Development, and Developmental Neuroscience over the last three years. This year, students Kyle Godfrey, Bobby Matthew, Julie Bulman, and Omar Shah; and faculty Dr. Clement and Dr. Gallicano, have published “Stem Cell Based Treatments for Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus: Bone Marrow, Embryonic, Hepatic, Pancreatic, and Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells” in the journal Diabetic Medicine, a peer-reviewed journal with strong impact factor.

The review details current research into the use of stem cells to cure diabetes. The paper catalogs evidence that adult stem cells and induced pluripotent stem cells of non-embryonic origin are quickly moving to the forefront of therapeutic research for diabetes. The paper also discusses the advantages and disadvantages of the novel concept of transdifferentiation of adult cells into insulin-secreting, beta-like cells. Congratulations to Kyle, Bobby, Julie, and Omar!

Posted September 16, 2011 by Ian Gallicano.