Researchers Working Toward A Cure For Type 1 Diabetes

THE NASDAQ LOST 33. SOME OF THE MOST ADVANCED RESEARCH IN DIABETES IS BEING DONE RIGHT HERE IN COLORADO. THE CENTER IS KNOWN ACROSS THE WORD WORLD FOR THE CARE AND RESEARCH OF DIABETES. RESEARCHERS ARE GETTING TO THE HEART OF THE DISEASE. >> Reporter: RACHEL FRIEDMAN WORKS ON A MICROSCOPIC LEVEL. SHE'S WATCHING IMMUNE CELLS COLORED RED, BLUE, AND WHITE IN THE PANCREAS. SHE CAN ALSO SEE WHEN THE IMMUNE CELLS KILL A HEALTHY CELL. TYPE I DIABETES OCCURS WHEN THE IMMUNE SYSTEM MISTAKENLY ATTACKS INSULIN PRODUCING CELLS. >> WE NEED TO UNDERSTAND WHY WE ARE ENDING UP WITH ESSENTIALLY FRIENDLY FIRE AND DESTRUCTION OF TISSUE. >> Reporter: IN ORDER TO CURE TYPE I DIABETES, THE MISTAKEN IMMUNE RESPONSE HAS TO BE STOPPED. >> HOW THE CELLS OF THE IMMUNE SYSTEM MOVE THROUGHOUT THE BODY. >> Reporter: HE WATCHES IMMUNE CELLS LEAVING THE BLOOD VESSELS AND GOING INTO THE PANCREAS. HE WANTS TO CREATE A TARGETED THERAPY TO STOP THAT MOVEMENT. >> THEY WOULD STILL BE ABLE TO MOVE THROUGH OTHER ORGANS AND OTHER TISSUE IN THE BODY OF A PATIENT AND STILL PROTECT THAT PATIENT.

>> Reporter: THIS MICROSCOPIC RESEARCH IS BEING DONE AT THIS CENTER FUNDED BY THE CHILDREN DIABETES FOUNDATION, ALL WITH THE GOAL OF SOMEDAY CURING PATIENTS WITH TYPE I DIABETES. >> YOU CAN GET THE LATEST ON DIABETES RESEARCH AT THE CHILDREN'S DIA.

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