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Nov. 8, 2023

Biomedical Engineering's Bryan Smith finds new way to fight diabetes

Biomedical Engineering's Bryan Smith finds new way to fight Type 1 diabetes, receives NBC TV coverage 

Nov. 8, 2023 

Researchers at Michigan State University have teamed up to create a new way to image immune cells in living subjects that could enable new treatment opportunities and better outcomes for patients with Type 1 diabetes.

The new approach could help bolster the success of cell transplantation strategies used to treat and cure Type 1 diabetes, as well as broaden the pool of patients who are eligible for this promising clinical procedure.

“When transplants work, they work great,” said Bryan Smith, an associate professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering. “But they can be rejected by a patient’s own immune system, which is obviously a major problem. Things can spiral quickly."

For more on the research Smith and his team have conducted, check out the MSU Today feature story entitled "MSU and JDRF team up to fight Type 1 diabetes."

The diabetes research Smith and his team have conducted was also featured Tuesday by WILX-TV News 10, Lansing's NBC affiliate. Video of the story from Tuesday's newscast can be found here:

Smith is also a member of MSU's Institute for Quantitative Health Science and Engineering. His specialty is blending engineering, chemistry, biology, physical and medical together to develop new imaging and therapeutic practices. Smith recently moved to MSU from Stanford University.