Breakthroughs Blog

City of Hope has so many breakthroughs in cancer, diabetes and HIV/AIDS - and so many stories - that we've tailored our blog, Breakthroughs, to provide something for every reader. Whether the breakthroughs are about medical research, treatment advances or personal triumphs, they're all connected.

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City of Hope Aims to Cure Type 1 Diabetes in Six Years

July 11, 2017 | City of Hope

City of Hope’s Diabetes & Metabolism Research Institute is committed to developing a cure for type 1 diabetes within six years, fueled by a $50 million funding program led by the Wanek family.

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Type 1 Diabetes: A Primer

January 24, 2017 | Samantha Bonar

Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disorder in which the body’s immune system attacks and destroys the insulin-producing beta cells of the pancreas. Here's a look at the past, present and future of this disease.

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Diabetes research: Exploring the potential power of growth factors

April 2, 2015 | Elizabeth Stewart

Diabetes investigators at City of Hope are studying the full trajectory of diabetes and metabolic disorders, as well as complications of the disease. One especially promising approach focuses on proteins known as growth factors.

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Diabetes: Discovery could make growing islet cells easier

October 22, 2013 | Nicole White

Transplantation of insulin-producing islet cells is a potentially powerful tool for treating type 1 diabetes, but coming up with enough healthy donor cells for the procedure is difficult – at least for now.

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Diabetes researcher's quest: Find adult pancreatic stem cells

May 24, 2013 | Nicole White

H. Teresa Ku, Ph.D., believes adult pancreatic stem cells could hold the key to making a type 1 diabetes cure more widely available. In type 1 diabetes, insulin-producing islet cells in the pancreas are killed by the immune system.

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Diabetes research: A new hormone to spur insulin production?

April 26, 2013 | Wayne Lewis

In a potentially significant advance against diabetes, researchers have found a new hormone in the liver and in fat that seems to cause insulin-generating cells in the pancreas to reproduce at unprecedented rates.

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Diabetes and islet cells: The quest for a permanent cure

March 6, 2013 | Elizabeth Stewart

Not all diabetes researchers are obsessed with islet cells – just many of them. And for good reason. Diabetes destroys the islet cells that produce insulin, a hormone necessary to regulate blood sugar.

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