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POLAND RESEARCHERS TO 3D BIOPRINT BIONIC PANCREAS TO COMBAT DIABETES

POLAND RESEARCHERS TO 3D BIOPRINT BIONIC PANCREAS TO COMBAT DIABETES

Written by David

March 24, 2019

Scientists from the Foundation for Research and Science Development in Poland (Fundacja Badań I Rozwoju Nauki or Fundacja BIRN) are using 3D bioprinting to create a bionic pancreas. In an effort to combat diabetes, Michał Wszoła MD, Ph.D., Principal investigator at Fundacja BIRN, is leading a project to 3D bioprint scaffolds using pancreatic tissue or insulin-producing cells to form an artificial pancreas. Although current methods of insulin production, that is, an insulin pump i.e., intensive insulinotherapy, and pancreas transplantation can treat type I diabetes, the scientists have identified limitations such as organ shortages and post-surgical complications. “The goal of the project is to create a functional pancreas. One that can be transplanted to the patient without major problems,” said Professor Wszoła. “IT WILL ENABLE PEOPLE AFFECTED BY DIABETES TO FUNCTION NORMALLY, AND MORE IMPORTANTLY PREVENT THE DEVELOPMENT OF SECONDARY COMPLICATIONS, WHICH ARE THE CAUSES OF MOST DEATHS.” The process […]

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