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3D printing joins fight against diabetes


In an Australian first, the Royal Adelaide Hospital will be home to a new 3D organ printer which promises to revolutionise treatment for people with Type 1 diabetes.

The printer will be capable of making pancreatic islets suitable for transplant.

The RAH is the first hospital in Australia to receive this cutting edge biomedical printing device, developed by researchers from the University of Wollongong and set to be manufactured in South Australia.

The Printer Islet Cell Transplantation (PICT) printer has been secured with funding from the Australian Research Council’s Linkage, Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities grant.

Royal Adelaide Hospital Director of Kidney and Islet Transplantation Professor Toby Coates said being at the forefront of research provides South Australian patients access to the very latest treatments, giving hope to those living with diabetes.

“The PICT Printer will allow us to make customised organs, mixing donor with recipient cells in a unique 3 Dimensional way to provide completely new composite “organoids” for experimental transplantation,” said Professor Coates.

Image Caption: A new 3D organ printer will add further weight to the Royal Adelaide Hospital’s reputation as a leader in transplantation techniques (image from hansenyuncken.com.au).

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