Cell Processing Core

At the Cell Processing Core, cells called islets are taken from a pancreas and transplanted into the liver of a patient with chronic pancreatitis or diabetes. Islets help the patient’s body begin to regulate blood glucose in a more normal way and prevent hypoglycemia and hypoglycemia unawareness.

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 28 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 10 million human islets have been provided to diabetes researchers around the world, accelerating the pace of discovery in diabetes research.

Learn more: 10 Steps to Understanding Islet Cell Transplants for Diabetes & Chronic Pancreatitis

To discuss collaborations with the Cell Processing Core, contact Lab Manager Linda Langman at law6r@virginia.edu.