The best place to treat type 1 diabetes might be just under your skin

A group of U of T researchers have demonstrated that the space under our skin might be an optimal location to treat type 1 diabetes (T1D). The new study, led by researchers in the Institute of Biomaterials & Biomedical Engineering (IBBME), involved transplanting healthy pancreatic cells under the skin to produce insulin for blood glucose regulation. “The skin has the advantage of being readily accessible,” said Michael Sefton (IBBME, ChemE) a senior researcher of the study published this week in PNAS. “It is also presents fewer hazards than other transplantation sites.” Read full U of T Engineering News story.