Dr. Tim Keiffer is principal investigator on a grant that will support development of a bio-printed insulin producing device for diabetes.
The $500,000 award announced this week will build on prior grants from the Stem Cell Network that supported Dr. Keiffer and colleagues in their assessment of the maturation and function of stem cell-derived insulin producing cells in in subcutaneous macroencapsulation devices.
Collaborators on “A Bioprinted Insulin-Producing Device for Diabetes” include Corinne Hoesli (McGill University), James Piret (UBC), Megan Levings (UBC), Steven Paraskevas (The Research Institute of McGill University Health Centre), Richard Leask (McGill University), Patrick MacDonald (University of Alberta)
Dr. Keiffer will also be a co-investigator on a Stem Cell Network grant funding Dr. Bruce Verchere of the UBC’s Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine. The team collaborating on “Genetic Manipulation of hES-derived Insulin-producing Cells to Improve Graft Outcomes” includes UBC researchers Dr. Francis Lynn, Dr. Megan Levings, Dr. Dina Panagiotopoulos, and Dr. Brad Hoffman.
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