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DRIFCan and the Edmonton Protocol for Type 1 Diabetes Cure Research

Alberta, Canada – Executive Director of DRIFCan, Melanie Hibbard, spoke with Beyond Type 1 about the Edmonton Protocol and their aim to cure Type 1 diabetes. DRIFCan, or Diabetes Research Institute Foundation Canada, was established in 2005 and founded by researcher Dr. James Shapiro and his team at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada. Dr. Shapiro was also the developer of the Edmonton Protocol, which is a method of pancreatic islet implantation used to treat Type 1 diabetes. He is professor of surgery, medicine and surgical oncology and is the recipient of many awards for his research work such as the Hunterian Medal from the Royal College of Surgeons of England, the Paul E. Lacy Gold Medal, the Gold Medal in Surgery from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

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