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In this session sponsored by Diabetes UK, we will hear from two leading diabetes researchers at the University of Exeter. Dr Chloe Rackham will be covering the basics of type 1 diabetes, how we currently treat it and how we might be able to improve treatments, whilst Dr Craig Beall will be covering what type 2 diabetes is and how hormones in the brain manage blood sugar levels. The aim of these talks is to discover more about the condition whilst also sheding light on pioneering new treatments, which one day might be able to prevent the onset of the condition entirely.
Shape-shifting Stem Cells – hope on the horizon to treat and prevent type 1 diabetes
In this session, you’ll learn about how we currently treat type 1 diabetes, and the potential an exciting group of shape-shifting cells called Mesenchymal Stem Cells (MSCs) might have to improve this. You’ll hear about how these cells may be able to reduce inflammation, which could help transplanted insulin-producing beta cells to survive and thrive, as a step towards a cure for type 1 diabetes. We’ll also explore how we might be able to use MSCs to intervene in the development of type 1 diabetes and how in the future, we may even be able to prevent the condition entirely.
The role of the brain in diabetes: impact of treatments
In this session, we’ll discover the underappreciated role that the brain plays in helping to control blood sugar levels in health and in people living with diabetes. We’ll also explore how diabetes treatments affect the brain and how this could help with treatment of other conditions. You’ll also find out about newly-discovered sources in insulin in the body, believe it or not…outside of the pancreas.
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