Islet Cell Transplantation
Dr. Lara has a special interest in autoimmune pancreatitis. He will be involved in supporting the Pancreas Center at Baylor University Medical Center (BUMC), with an emphasis in the pancreas islet cell transplantation program. In March 2006, Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, TX became the first center in Texas to receive FDA permission to independently process pancreatic islet cell for transplantation. Islet cell transplantation is a promising experimental procedure on which BUMC has made great strides in conducting research and clinical trial
How Does Islet Cell Transplantation Work?
Worldwide research is being done on this complex procedure in which islets are taken from the pancreas of a nonliving organ donor, purified, processed and then transferred into a patients liver. The beta cells begin to make and release insulin once implanted, and the liver begins assuming the role of a backup pancreas.
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