Tour of the FDA-Approved Class 10,000 Clean Room Laboratory, UA Institute for Cellular Transplantation, by Team Type 1 cyclists

Friday, November 19, 2010 - 10:00am to 11:00am
Based in Atlanta, Team Type 1 racing cyclists compete around the world with an international squad of athletes to raise diabetes awareness and demonstrate that the disease does not prevent individuals from living their lives. The team is in town to partner with the University of Arizona Department of Surgery and participate in El Tour de Tucson to support-cutting edge stem and islet cell research and treatments to improve the health of people with diabetes.  Each member of the Team Type 1 bicycling team is someone with Type 1 diabetes. 
 
On Friday, Nov. 19, 10-11 a.m., the team will tour the UA Department of Surgery FDA-approved Class 10,000 Clean Room Laboratory in the Institute for Cellular Transplantation. The $1 million laboratory, housed in the UA Medical Research Building, 1657 East Helen St., enables the department to conduct cutting-edge research and provide innovative treatments for diabetes, such as islet cell transplants.  The UA has the only FDA-approved Class 10,000 Clean Room in the Southwest.
 
In addition to the tour, members of Team Type 1 will meet 14-year-old Jonathan Vogel, who has Type 1 diabetes, and with UA researchers, who will talk about the importance of finding new treatments and a cure for Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes.
 
About the Class 10,000 Clean Room
The new Class 10,000 Clean Room at the UA is a nearly contamination-free environment whose air quality must meet rigorous federal standards. This state-of-the-art facility makes isolating cells to treat debilitating diseases possible. With a direct video link to the operating rooms at University Medical Center, the laboratory brings advanced technology literally from bench to bedside.
 
About Team Type 1
Team Type 1 was founded in 2004 by Phil Southerland and Joe Eldridge. The two cyclists who had Type 1 diabetes formed an eight-rider team of athletes with Type 1 diabetes and competed in the Race Across America (RAAM) in 2006 and 2007. After winning the transcontinental, non-stop race two consecutive years, they expanded the program to include a men’s professional team. More information on Team Type 1 can be found on the team’s website at www.teamtype1.org.