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Prof

Helen Thomas

Honorary
science & technology
life sciences & biomedicine
animals
mice
humans
islets of langerhans
mice, inbred nod
diabetes mellitus, type 1
insulin-secreting cells
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Prof

Helen Thomas

 
Division
Medicine, Dentistry And Health Sciences
 
Primary Interest
Type 1 Diabetes
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Prof

Helen Thomas

 

Professor Helen Thomas is head of the Immunology and Diabetes Unit at St Vincent’s Institute in Melbourne. Her research is focused on prevention of type 1 diabetes.



She aims to protect the insulin-producing cells in the pancreas from being destroyed by both the immune system and the stress that diabetes places on these cells. She uses flow cytometry, imaging and molecular biology techniques to study islet and immune cells, using human islets and the non-obese mouse model of type 1 diabetes.

Her work is being applied to humans through the transplantation of islets isolated from organ donors by the Tom Mandel Islet Transplant Program in Victoria to reverse type 1 diabetes in severe cases. She has also developed collaborations with industry to test immune suppressive drugs, in particular JAK inhibitors, in clinical trials for type 1 diabetes.

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Medicine - St Vincent'S Hospital