Report of a successful islet cell transplant into the omentum of a 43 year old woman with a 25 year history of T1 diabetes. Upside is obviously it worked without having to implant the islet cells into the liver. Downside is it still required post operative immunosuppressive therapy.
These are great stories. This is very good progress imho for these reasons:
islet cells were taken from one single donor (traditional transplants have needed 10x or more from what I understand)
the transplant site is the omentum
Imho, the big win there will be when they are able to grow homogeneous (= from the patient herself) islet cells from undifferentiated stem cells (or anything really) – then, no need to collect islet cells on cadavers, and no worry about immuno-suppression.