Islet Cell Transplant Program in Georgia

The Islet Cell Transplant Program at the Emory Transplant Center in Atlanta, Georgia is one of just a handful of institutions around the world performing islet transplant surgeries as a type 1 diabetes treatment.

Islet transplantation is still in the research stage. Because a recipient of an islet transplant must take immunosuppressive drugs to prevent rejection, at present, islet transplantation is only considered for patients with brittle type 1 diabetes.

Forefront of Islet Transplant Research

Emory is currently the only islet cell transplant program in Georgia. The first islet transplant was performed at Emory on March 20, 2003. As of August 2010, Emory transplant surgeons have performed 22 successful islet cell transplant procedures on 15 patients.

The islet transplant program at Emory Transplant Center received approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Emory's Institutional Review Board (IRB) in January 2003.

For questions about our Islet Transplant Program, call 855-EMORYTX (366-7989).

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