The results were due to be presented at the meeting and were also simultaneously published in the June 27 online edition of The Lancet.
Commenting on both vaccine studies at the press conference, Dr. Desmond Schatz, professor and associate chairman of pediatrics and medical director of the Diabetes Center at the University of Florida in Gainesville, said the studies are important to understand how type 1 diabetes could be prevented, cured or prevented from recurring.
"It is my belief that prevention is absolutely necessary for cure to take place," Schatz said.
"We may think about reversing the disease, ultimately with organ transplantation or stem cells. In addition to preventing rejection we've got to prevent the disease from coming back, so these studies are absolutely key to understanding the mechanism and the prevention of recurring autoimmunity," Schatz explained.
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SOURCES: Stuart Weinerman, M.D., chief, division of endocrinology, North Shore-LIJ Health System, New Hyde Park, N.Y.; June 26, 2011, teleconference with Itamar Raz, M.D., professor of medicine, and head of Hadassah Diabetes Center, Jerusalem, Hadassah Hebrew University Hospital, Israel; Jay S. Skyler, M.D., professor of medicine, pediatrics and psychology, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine; and Desmond Schatz, M.D., professor and associate chairman of pediatrics, medical director, Diabetes Center, University of Florida, Gainesville, Fla.; June 28, 2011, presentations, American Diabetes Association annual meeting, San Diego; June 27, 2011, The Lancet, online
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