Physician-scientists in the Division of Plastic Surgery are active in numerous research projects and clinical studies. For example, Dr. Ahmed Suliman, in collaboration with UC San Diego's Division of Endocrinology and ViaCyte, Inc., a biotechnology firm specializing in regenerative medicine, is launching the first-ever human Phase I/II clinical trial of a stem cell–derived therapy for patients with Type 1 diabetes. Division faculty and colleagues from San Diego State University are also investigating health-related quality of life in pediatric patients with craniofacial conditions, a project that will result in a patient-reported outcome measure in English and Spanish for patients with facial differences and their parents. This project is supported by the Rady Children's Hospital-San Diego Surgical Research Fund Grant and by the UC San Diego Altman Clinical and Translational Research Institute Academic- Community Partnership Pilot Project Grant provided by the National Institutes of Health.
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