Continuation of the Integrated Islet Distribution Program
September 2020 Council
Point(s) of Contact
Sheryl Sato, Ph.D.
This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) will support the renewal of the Integrated Islet Distribution Program (IIDP) and will maintain support for its continuing mission to provide the scientific community with important islet resources for diabetes research. The IIDP facilitates the distribution of human islets to biomedical researchers by establishing partnerships with qualified islet isolation facilities to prepare and distribute human islets. The program manages an application process to establish investigator eligibility to receive islet shipments, informs investigators of islet availability, manages a cost recovery system through fees collected from islet recipients, and oversees standardized phenotypic and genotypic analyses of islet preparations distributed throughout the IIDP network. IIDP efforts in the last project period have supported nearly 150 investigator-initiated projects resulting in 160 publications in the first four years. Human islets remain an essential resource for diabetes research to advance our understanding of human islet cell biology, and to promote the development of new therapies for the prevention and treatment of diabetes.