You may have read the news from the Lab of Dr. Faustman last week:
http://www.tudiabetes.org/forum/topics/news-from-faustman-lab-study...

This week, it turns out she is in the Bay Area and we will have an opportunity to interview her and capture the interview on video. I wish it could be a video-chat session, but we're going to catch up with her before she flies back east.

So, the next best thing is:
What are your questions for Dr. Faustman. We will be interviewing her Thursday first thing, so I need you to please send in your questions by the end of Wednesday at the very latest.

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Will she be looking at those of us with LADA? Will we be able to participate in the studies? Will the vaccine work on us?

I'd like to know if the treatment proves unsuccessful can I have all my donation money back? All kidding aside, my main question is being I am nearing forty years with diabetes do you feel its crucial for me to be involved with the treatment in the near future for it to have a chance to work for me or it likely wouldn't make a difference at this point anyway?

Two great questions. Keep 'em coming!

I have two questions.
1) Are there type 1's who are C-peptide negative even with the more sensitive test?
2)Will BCG work in diabetics who have insulin antibodies only?

Good ones.

I haven't seen much data from her studies. I'd like to know the difference in C-peptide pre and post-treatment.

Fair enough! Another great question.

One of my questions is that same as @Gary, as I'll have had type 1 for 40 years this coming September.

I know they're starting work on Phase 2 trials. Has she an estimate for how long it will take to complete those, and how long after that before we see the results? I'm guessing it will be around 2015 for the results, but I'm hoping it's before then.

Besides fund-raising is there anything else we can do to help move this research forward?

Thanks, Bernard! I was thinking of asking her that (about ways to help her) too. :)

Would the treatment help with other autoimmune diseases?

I wonder about this one too. My daughter has T1, Hashimoto's & vitiligo. She participated in the Defend 2 trial for otelixizumab, which tried to extend the honeymoon period. The trial doc said if it worked, it might also help the thyroid. So would this have the same potential?

I asked Dr. Faustman's assistant Nick about this. My daughter was recently dx'd with Grave's disease - like Hashimoto's, except hyperthyroidism instead of hypothyroidism like Hashimoto's.

Both diseases are autoimmune in nature, and Nick replied that they were specifically targeting both those conditions. I'm sure it will be a different protocol, but they should gain a lot of good info from this intitial trial with the BCG.

Tom

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