Growing beta cells from skin cells

Principal investigator: Dr Francesca Spagnoli
Institution: King’s College London
Duration of award: 01 August  2018 – 31 July 2019

Dr Francesca Spagnoli
Dr Francesca Spagnoli

Dr Spagnoli will be working out the best conditions for growing beta cells from human skin cells, and will test them in mice. If we could find a way to grow insulin-secreting, beta-like cells from people’s own skin cells and put them back in the body, it could lead to a new treatment for type 1 diabetes, and even form part of a cure.

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Poster about growing beta cells from skin

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