Oxford Foundation Commits
Gift to Islet Isolation Facility
. Philadelphia - April
3, 2003 - The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
International (JDRF) today received a major gift of
$1 million from the Oxford Foundation to support critical
research at the JDRF - Oxford Foundation Islet Isolation
Facility at the University of Pennsylvania.
The donation by the Oxford Foundation
and the Ware Family will enhance the research at the
JDRF - W.W. Smith Charitable Trust Center of Islet Transplantation
by using state-of-the art techniques in isolating and
preparing pancreatic islets for transplant.
"We at JDRF are extremely honored by the
Oxford Foundation's decision to partner with us in support
of our mission to find a cure for juvenile diabetes.
We are excited about the advances in islet transplantation
here and at 11 other JDRF funded research centers across
North America and we are constantly seeking new ways
to fund this critical research ," stated Peter Van Etten,
President and CEO of JDRF.
Islet isolation is a delicate and complex
process. The islet isolation laboratory headed by transplant
surgeon, James F. Markmann, MD, PhD, will standardize
the process of obtaining and preparing islets by developing
criteria to determine their quality and viability when
transplanted. The work of the laboratory will maximize
the availability of high quality islets and is essential
to the success of islet transplantation conducted by
Ali Naji, MD, PhD, and Director of the JDRF-W.W. Smith
Charitable Trust Center for Islet Transplantation.
"We are impressed by the commitment of
the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation in advancing
diabetes research and are encouraged by the progress
made in islet transplantation here at the University
of Pennsylvania and other institutions. The Oxford Foundation
and the Ware family are pleased to support this Islet
Isolation Facility with the hope that initiatives made
here will move us a step closer to a cure for juvenile
diabetes," said Paul W. Ware, President, of the Oxford
Recent advances in islet transplantation
have created a surge in the research efforts to restore
normal blood sugar levels in people with juvenile diabetes.
To date, over 150 patients have received islet transplants;
some have been successful with very near normal blood
glucose profiles. However, two challenges remain: the
shortage of islet supply and the need for tolerance
induction - getting the immune system to accept transplants
without the use of toxic antirejection drugs.
"The commitment demonstrated by the Oxford
Foundation to the JDRF - Oxford Foundation Islet Isolation
Facility at the University of Pennsylvania is truly
visionary, " states Dr. Arthur Rubenstein, Executive
Vice President of the University of Pennsylvania for
the Health System and Dean of the School of Medicine.
" We at Penn are elated by the opportunity to partner
with the Foundation and the JDRF in taking this important
step in our continuing quest to find a cure for juvenile
The Oxford Foundation is a private foundation
of the Ware family, which promotes excellence in health,
human services, education, early childhood development,
preservation, arts and culture, and public policy planning.
JDRF, the leading charitable funder and
advocate of juvenile (type 1) diabetes research worldwide,
was founded in 1970 by the parents of children with
juvenile diabetes - a disease which strikes children
suddenly, makes them insulin-dependent for life, and
carries the constant threat of devastating complications.
Since inception, JDRF has provided more than $600 million
in direct funding to diabetes research. In a typical
year, 85 percent of JDRF's expenditures directly support
research and research-related education. JDRF's mission
is constant: to find a cure for diabetes and its complications
through the support of research. For more information,
visit the JDRF web site at www.jdrf.org or call 800-533-CURE.
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