There’s a saying, a picture is worth a thousand words. With complicated science however, pictures don’t always do these topics justice. Here’s where videos come to the rescue.
Today’s topic is type 1 diabetes and a CIRM-funded clinical trial headed by the San Diego company ViaCyte hoping to develop a cure for patients with this disease. Instead of writing an entire blog about the latest on this clinical trial, we are featuring an excellent video by Youreka Science. This nonprofit organization is the brainchild of former University of California, San Francisco graduate student Florie Mar who has a passion to bring scientific concepts to life to reach both students and the general public.
Youreka’s style uses whiteboard videos to explain disease and basic science research with drawings, words, and lay person-friendly narrative. This particular video, “Progress and Promise of Stem Cell Research: Type 1 Diabetes” was developed in collaboration with Americans for Cures and explains how CIRM-funded stem cell research is “leading to groundbreaking advances in diabetes.”
We are also excited about this ViaCyte trial as it’s being conducted in one of the CIRM Alpha Stem Cell Clinics located at the University of California, San Diego. The goal of the Alpha Clinics is to accelerate the development and delivery of stem cell therapies to patients by providing stem-cell focused clinics for conducting high quality trials.
In brief, the video explains ViaCyte’s stem cell derived therapy that replaces the insulin-producing cells that are lost in type 1 diabetes patients. For more details, check out the video!
And to hear from Viacyte’s chief scientific officer as well as two people living with type 1 diabetes, check out a CIRM video we produced a few years ago.