Kuwait-born professor cooperates with Kuwait to treat diabetics
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.