The Susan Alberti Islet Isolation Facility

Posted: 25th May 2017

Today SVI formally named its islet isolation facility in honour of Susan Alberti AC.

“Susan’s incredible financial and emotional support of the islet transplant program was an integral part of making it a reality,” said Professor Tom Kay, Director of St Vincent’s Institute of Medical Research. “It’s only fitting her role be acknowledged, so I’m delighted to announce that the facility will now be formally known as The Susan Alberti Islet Isolation Facility.

”Since its inception in 2007, the Australian Islet Transplantation Program (ITP) has resulted in more than 40 people with type 1 diabetes being transplanted with islets. Many of these patients are now no longer dependent on insulin injections and no longer suffer severe hypoglycaemic episodes.

The Program is well on its way to take islet transplantation from an experimental procedure to a real clinical option for Australians with type 1 diabetes. This recognition of Susan’s contribution to type 1 diabetes research will be in place for many years to come. We want people to be able to make the connection between their improved quality of life and her commitment to changing the lives of people with type 1 diabetes."