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Ricordi Wins Prestigious International Academic Award

6/6/2001

Camillo Ricordi, M.D., Scientific Director and Chief Academic Officer at the University of Miami School of Medicine's Diabetes Research Institute, has been awarded the Nessim Habif World Prize in Surgery. The honor is given annually by the University of Geneva to the inventor of a machine or apparatus that enables surgical progress.


Ricordi is being honored for his invention of the "Ricordi Chamber," a device that enables surgeons to separate and harvest insulin-producing cells from the pancreas. Surgeons are then able to transplant these cells, instead of the entire organ, into patients with diabetes in a minimally invasive procedure which lasts less than half an hour. Islet cell transplantation is an area of intense research and growing optimism, and the worldwide use of the Ricordi Chamber forms an integral part of that international research effort.


Ricordi will receive his award on Friday, June 8th during the "Dies Academicus" ceremony at the University of Geneva in Geneva, Switzerland.