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Convection Improves Survival and Insulin Secretion of Beta Cell Implants

A new convection-enhanced macroencapsulation device (ceMED) designed by bioengineers from Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard University, and the University of Massachusetts Medical School offers the potential of faster and more effective treatment for people with type 1 diabetes. Whereas traditional MEDs rely on diffusion, the new MED uses convection to create a continuous flow of nutrients through the capsule improving the number of cells that can be accommodated in each cartridge and increasing their survival, glucose sensitivity and insulin secretion.