Disease Focus: Metabolic Disorders


Preclinical development of human hepatocyte progenitor cells for cell therapy

Research Objective Determine if human hepatocyte progenitor cells, which exist in the normal adult liver, can be maintained and expanded in vitro while maintaining in vivo regenerative capacity. Impact Cell transplantation therapy can be an effective alternative treatment for severe liver diseases to liver transplantation, which is severely limited by the lack of available donor […]

Thin Film Encapsulation Devices for Human Stem Cell derived Insulin Producing Cells

Research Objective We propose to develop a macroencapsulation technology, based on flexible nanoporous thin films, to support the long term viability and function of human stem cell derived insulin producing cells. Impact Encapsulation devices that maintain function of stem cell derived islets can address challenges with current cell therapy for Type I Diabetics, including islet […]

Developing a personalized approach to beta cell replacement for patients with a genetic form of diabetes

Research Objective To correct a gene mutation in a patient's stem cells and produce functional replacement cells for the patient to cure their diabetes. Impact WE expect that this project can serve as a model for developing new treatments for patients with certain forms of genetic diabetes. Major Proposed Activities To understand how the patient's […]