Can type 1 diabetes be cured? In this talk Eelco de Koning takes us on a journey through time. He explains what type 1 diabetes is, how it is currently treated and what the future for patients could look like.

Credits and thanks to: Recording studio sponsor @ University of Applied Sciences Leiden. Graphic design by Esmé Postma, Ire Oyekan and Sheila Herron. Intro music Birds by Scandinavianz | Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License Eelco de Koning is Professor of Diabetology at the Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC) in the Netherlands. He coordinates the national islet transplantation program in the Netherlands and he is medical director of the human islet isolation and transplantation unit at the LUMC. He also heads the LUMC Diabetes Center focusing on person-centred diabetes care. His research aims at a better understanding of human islet biology, islet regeneration and preservation, and novel sources for insulin-producing-cells. He is principal investigator of the regenerative medicine consortium RegMedXB and the international stem cell consortium reNEW that are focused on developing novel islet replacement strategies for type 1 diabetes using pluripotent stem cells.

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