Kuwait-born pro­fes­sor co­op­er­ates with Kuwait to treat di­a­bet­ics

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL -

MADRID: A Kuwait-born med­i­cal pro­fes­sor is cur­rently co­op­er­at­ing with Kuwait Univer­sity to use stem-cells ther­apy for treat­ing di­a­betes, in the hope this method may re­sult in chang­ing the pre­vail­ing con­cept that the dis­ease is in­cur­able.

Pro­fes­sor Dr Ma­her Al-Atari, di­rec­tor of the Span­ish UIC Re­gen­er­a­tive Medicine Re­search In­sti­tute, told Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) in an in­ter­view that some stem cells are ex­tracted from the wis­dom tooth pulp. Th­ese cells are mu­tated into tis­sues for im­plant­ing in the liver, the ar­ter­ies, nerve and mus­cle or bone tis­sues for treat­ing di­verse dis­eases.

Dr Atari, who re­ceived pa­tent for dis­cov­ery of the den­tal cells in 2012, said his pa­tent was reg­is­tered in the United States of Amer­ica and Euro­pean coun­tries, adding that it would be ac­cred­ited by Ja­pan and China, soon. He also in­di­cated that he would pur­sue the work for wider ap­pli­ca­tion of the ther­apy with aim of treat­ing di­verse dis­eases, namely di­a­betes which is widely spread in Kuwait.

The pro­fes­sor is co­op­er­at­ing with Kuwait Univer­sity and Kuwait’s Das­man Di­a­betes In­sti­tute, seek­ing to, ul­ti­mately, trans­plant the pan­cre­atic tis­sue, PETA, which se­cretes the in­sulin, hop­ing a pa­tient will be able to quit in­sulin in­takes.

Dr Atari is cur­rently in charge of ex­per­i­ments aimed at ex­tract­ing the stem cells (DPPSCs) from the wis­dom tooth of a pa­tient suf­fer­ing from type-one di­a­betes, seek­ing to trans­form them into PETA tis­sues. The pro­fes­sor, who re­vealed that his in­sti­tute would host, next year, Kuwaiti med­i­cal re­searchers, af­firmed that the State of Kuwait is keen on find­ing a cure for di­a­betes. As to lat­est and most sig­nif­i­cant ac­com­plish­ment that has been made in this med­i­cal realm, Dr Atari con­firmed that a com­plete hu­man mus­cle had been suc­cess­fully grown from th­ese ex­tracted cells. Elab­o­rat­ing, Dr Atari says his tech­niques are dif­fer­ent from th­ese ap­plied by the Ja­panese pro­fes­sor, Shinya Ya­manaka, whose works fo­cused on re-pro­gram­ming grown cells and turn­ing them into tis­sues to re­place sick ones. Dr Atari, a Pales­tinian, was born in Kuwait in 1972.

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