Researchers help save the sight of people with diabetes
Monday, March 18 2013 | 00 h 00 min | News
Researchers at Queen’s University, in Belfast, Northern Ireland, hope to develop an innovative treatment using stem cells to save the sight of millions of diabetes sufferers.
As part of the Repair of Diabetic Damage by Stromal Cell Administration (REDDSTAR) study, researchers will isolate stem cells derived from bone-marrow from adult donors, expanding them in the lab and implanting them in patients with diabetes, where they should help repair the blood vessels in the eye.
“Currently available treatments for diabetic retinopathy are not always satisfactory,” says lead researcher professor Alan Stitt. “They focus on end-stages of the disease, carry many side effects and fail to address the root causes of the condition.”
Over €6 million will be invested in this research, which will bring together experts from Northern Ireland, Ireland, Germany, the Netherlands, Denmark, Portugal, and the United States.