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We’re funding research to regenerate beta cells – the highly specialised cells that produce insulin in the pancreas

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A leader in this field, Professor Doug Melton has already found a way to use human stem cells to manufacture millions of beta cells. We want to help Doug and his team take the next important step that could see these cells transplanted into people with type 1 and end the need for daily injections of insulin.

Regenerating beta cells

Your donations help fund the best scientists both within the UK and around the world to help us find more answers to type 1 as quickly and effectively as we can. Here’s a snapshot of three other exceptional scientists who need your support today, to make beta cell regeneration and delivery a reality.

Multiplying beta cells - Professor Neil Hanley, UK

Multiplying beta cells - Professor Neil Hanley, UK

Beta cells can multiply in babies but not in adults. Here in the UK, Professor Hanley is working out how beta cells that can multiply differ from those that can’t – and whether we can make adult beta cells multiply again.

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Better beta cells - Dr Jeffrey Millman, US

Better beta cells - Dr Jeffrey Millman, US

Dr Jeffrey Millman is exploring ways to develop Professor Doug Melton’s beta cell regeneration work, so that beta cells created from stem cells are an even closer match to ‘original’ beta cells.

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From alpha to beta - Dr Stefan Kubicek, EU

From alpha to beta - Dr Stefan Kubicek, EU

The pancreas contains alpha cells that produce glucagon and beta cells that produce insulin. Dr Stefan Kubicek is looking at potential ways to turn alpha cells into beta cells by using catalysts such as malaria drugs.

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Doug’s story

Professor Doug Melton was already a respected expert in stem cell biology, when his children were diagnosed with type 1. Since then, he has dedicated his career to finding the cure.

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A boy and a girl with type 1 diabetes

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Every penny we invest in type 1 research is made possible by your generous donations. Donate today and help Professor Doug Melton and our other researchers continue their vital work.

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