Ten research centers will soon begin testing a promising technique for transplanting insulin-producing pancreas cells that may one day allow people with type 1 diabetes to stop their insulin shots. Known as the "Edmonton protocol," the experimental technique is among the first to be carried out in the $144 million Immune Tolerance Network (ITN), an international consortium of clinical researchers dedicated to developing approaches to induce immune "tolerance." If successful, these approaches will selectively modulate the immune system to inhibit harmful immune responses while keeping protective ones intact.
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