Advances in Cellular Transplantation

Friday, April 10, 2009 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm

Horacio L. Rilo, MD, an international pioneer in islet cell transplantation for the treatment of diabetes and chronic pancreatitis, will present “Advances in Cellular Transplantation” Friday, April 10, 4-6 p.m. in DuVal Auditorium, University Medical Center, 1501 N. Campbell Ave., Tucson.- The lecture, from 4-5 p.m., will be followed by a reception with refreshments from 5-6 p.m.

Professor of surgery and director of Cellular Transplantation at The University of Arizona Department of Surgery, Dr. Rilo has one of the largest experiences in clinical islet transplantation in the world. Dr. Rilo came to the UMC last year from the University of Cincinnati to establish a clinical islet transplant program to treat patients with severe type 1 diabetes and with painful chronic pancreatitis.

The vision of the UA Department of Surgery is to build a Cellular Transplantation Institute at the UA College of Medicine under Dr. Rilo’s leadership, said Dr. Rainer Gruessner, UA Department of Surgery chairman. “This institute would include not only islet cell transplantation, but also the transplanting of liver and muscle cells in patients who need a liver or heart transplant to serve as a bridge until an organ becomes available.”

The lecture is the part of the new Transplant Lecture Series, “The Next Generation in Organ Transplantation,” sponsored by University Medical Center. The series provides an opportunity to showcase the latest developments in organ transplantation at UMC.

For more information, contact Jo Marie Gellerman at or (520) 626-7219.