An interview with Dr Faustman: the pancreas of many people with type 1 diabetes is alive!

An interview with one of the world's leading experts in the search for a cure for type 1 diabetes. Questions came from members of the community:

Denise L. Faustman, MD, PhD, is Director of the Immunobiology Laboratory at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and an Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. She has worked in the field of autoimmunity for nearly two decades. In 2001, the Faustman Lab reversed type 1 diabetes in mice with end-stage disease, a project that is now in human clinical trials. For more details, visit:

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Comment by Steve R on August 13, 2012 at 11:13pm

Imagine that: a possible type 1 cure with a cheap, generic, already existing drug!!

Comment by George Davis on March 28, 2012 at 5:11am

Great interview, Manny. It makes me want to try buying some BCG and experiment on myself ;-)

Comment by Jerry Nairn on March 2, 2012 at 8:25pm

Thanks so much for doing this!
Is there any intent to watch for changes in other auto-immune diseases during the phase 2 trial? For example, will thyroid hormone levels be tested in people with type 1 diabetes who also have hypo-thyroid disease?

Comment by catlover on March 2, 2012 at 11:23am

Very interesting video. Thanks, Manny for interviewing her.

Comment by earthling on March 2, 2012 at 11:06am

Wow! Thank you so much for this, Manny! Is Dr. Faustman type 1 herself? I used to work in an immunology lab. I wonder how BCG specifically targets only the "bad" T-cells? How dearly I wish I were rich... i would so donate IT ALL to this great woman.


Comment by Manny Hernandez on March 1, 2012 at 1:40pm

Watch this video for a very clear explanation of Dr. Faustman's research and BCG:



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