DRIVE PATIENT PANEL 2 HELD IN MILAN
The DRIVE project's 2nd Patient Panel event was hosted by partner Niguarda Ca 'Granda Hospital in Milan. The panel discussion, which was attended by around 200 diabetes patients and stakeholders was organised by DRIVE partner INNOVA in collaboration with Nigurda and included research talks by the leading Italian experts in Type 1 diabetes and islet transplantation research.
Speakers included Prof Camillo Ricordi (Director of the Miami Diabetes Research Institute), Prof Federico Bertuzzi (Islet Transplantation Programme Coordinator, Niguarda Hospital, Milan), Prof Lorenzo Piemonti (Director of Diabetes Institute, San Raffaele Hospital, Milan) and Prof Paul Johnson (Director of the Oxford Islet Trasplant Programme, UK). The DRIVE project, which aims to develop smart living biomaterial implants to reverse diabetes, was presented by Dr Fabio Ugolini, who is responsible for DRIVE technology transfer at partner INNOVA.
San Raffaele Diabetes Institute researcher Dr Valeria Sordi gave a talk on her work on future stem cell sources of insulin producing cells, which may overcome problems associated with donor pancreas supply. DKL and DRIVE's Liam Burke was also on the panel and answered questions from the audience on the DRIVE project. The event was facilitated by Francesca Ulivi, a journalist and television producer from Milan who also has Type 1 diabetes. The attendees filled out questionnaires on the DRIVE project which may influence project technolgy design.