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In the Netherlands, 100,000 people have type 1 diabetes. It is a life-threatening condition. Patients must continually self-inject insulin or wear a pump. This is time-consuming, stressful and painful. One solution to this is implants. UM is working on a unique implant that is made up of the patient’s own cells, which will make insulin use unnecessary. This ensures optimal integration with the body and greatly improves quality of life. Funding is needed to further develop this implant. Will you contribute, too?

About project owner Aart van Apeldoorn
Aart van Apeldoorn is a diabetes scientist and senior lecturer at the MERLN Institute for Technology Inspired Regenerative Medicine at Maastricht University. He is developing a custom-made implant made of extremely thin synthetic material, in order to be able to implant insulin-producing cells efficiently. In this way, a new insulin-producing pancreas is obtained, as it were. Aart van Apeldoorn: "For example, we are investigating how many beta cells need to be added in the artificial organ. How does sugar go in and are the beta cells stimulated to the right amount of insulin release? And at which pace does this take place?"

For Each Other 2021
Over the past 12 months, Maastricht University again devoted itself to the important tasks of education and research, with the ultimate aim of building a better society. As ever, the University Fund Limburg/SWOL supports the university in this effort. But your support is essential, too. Together, we will make this project a success! Are you there For Each Other?

You make your donation to the University Fund Limburg/SWOL, the charitable foundation of Maastricht University. This fund is a registered public benefit organisation (ANBI), which means your donation is tax deductible. For more information, please visit the website of University Fund Limburg/SWOL:


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27-02-2022 | 17:09 Als diabetespatiënt moet ik natuurlijk wel bijdragen. En dan ook nog zulk mooi onderzoek bij mijn alma mater! Succes en hoop op mooie resultaten!
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