Wake Forest Baptist Assistant Professor Named to International Diabetes Research Team
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Aug. 3, 2015 – Giuseppe Orlando, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor of transplant surgery at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center and researcher at the Wake Forest Institute of Regenerative Medicine, has been selected to participate in a $9 million project to develop a cell-therapy product to treat diabetes without insulin injections. He is the only U.S.-based researcher.
BIOCAPAN, which stands for BIOactive implantable Capsule for PANcreatic islet immunosuppression free therapy, is a four-year project funded by the European Union through a research and innovation program. The project aims to develop an insulin-injection-free treatment, without immunosuppressants, to benefit diabetes patients who require insulin.
Orlando’s role in the project is to use regenerative medicine technologies to distill non-cellular materials from discarded pancreases. The research team hypothesizes that the material may support the function of insulin-producing cells.