Schulze Diabetes Institute

Pioneering superior transplant therapeutics for people burdened with diabetes.

Researchers in the University of Minnesota’s Schulze Diabetes Institute are driven to reverse Type 1 Diabetes. 

Through pioneering islet transplantation treatments and ongoing research efforts, our goal is to enable people to live diabetes-free lives.

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University of Minnesota research hopes to find cure for diabetes through pig cells

Excerpt from Fox9 Article May 20th -

- The next great discovery in the fight against diabetes will likely come from an unexpected source: pigs. 

It's a line of research being overseen by Dr. Bernhard Hering at the University of Minnesota, modifying cells from a pig's pancreas to match human ones that have long been used for cell transplants.

"It's a privilege to contribute to much better treatments for diabetes." Hering said. "Perhaps we can someday find a cure."

An "islet transplant" procedure currently transfers clusters of cells called islets, which produce insulin and make up a very small percentage of the pancreas, from a healthy person to another with diabetes. The goal is to help patients ultimately live without daily injections of insulin.

A shortage of human donors, however, and vicious side effects caused by a battery of necessary immunosuppressants--anti-rejection drugs often taken after organ transplants--make the procedure costly and recovery arduous. Stephanie Arneson was diagnosed with diabetes 52 years ago and, after her islet transplant in 2001, became all too familiar with the side effects of the procedure.

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Islets offer new life

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The SDI is one of only nine places in the world where patients can get life-changing transplants that treat Type 1 Diabetes. Our expertise is second-to-none in this area. In fact, we’ve done more islet transplants than anywhere else. Is this treatment right for you? 

More Information


Diabetes is a chronic (lifelong) disease marked by high levels of sugar in the blood. Either the body does not produce enough insulin, or cells do not respond to the insulin produced.


Pancreatitis is an inflammation of the pancreas. This occurs when enzymes are activated within the organ and they start to digest the pancreas itself.