U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Endocrine Pancreas

The Endocrine Pancreas program supports research on the basic biology, development, and function of the endocrine pancreas, as well as clinical studies on islet transplantation for the treatment of type 1 diabetes.  The research in this program includes developmental biology studies on tissue formation, particularly the development and regeneration of pancreatic islets, and basic biology studies on hormone synthesis and secretion from pancreatic endocrine cells (alpha, beta, delta, etc.) within the islet.  Areas addressing islet transplantation include studies on optimizing islet yield, viability, and durability in the procurement and pre-transplant process; enhancing islet graft survival and promoting immune tolerance of islet grafts; and evaluating transplantation alternatives to human islets.  ​​​​​​​​​​


 NIDDK Staff

Guillermo A. Arreaza-Rubín, M.D.Diabetes and endocrine disease bioengineering and glucose sensingOlivier Blondel, Ph.D.Pathophysiology of the endocrine pancreas in diabetes; technology development (i.e. genomics and systems biology) in metabolic disease
Thomas Eggerman, M.D., Ph.D.Cystic fibrosis research and translation centers, inborn errors of metabolism, clinical trials, and islet transplantationSheryl Sato, Ph.D.Basic mechanisms underlying the organogenesis and regeneration of pancreatic islets during health and disease


 Related Funding Opportunities

Posted DateTitleFull Announcement
10/7/2016BD2K Support for Meetings of Data Science Related Organizations (U13) (Summary) RFA-CA-16-020
8/24/2016Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) Enhancing the Efficiency and Effectiveness of Digital Curation for Biomedical Big Data (U01) (Summary) RFA-LM-17-001
8/17/2016Identification of Mechanisms Mediating the Effects of Sleep on Diabetes-Related Metabolism in Humans (R01) (Summary) RFA-DK-16-005
8/16/2016Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) Community-based Data and Metadata Standards Efforts (R24) (Summary) RFA-ES-16-010
8/10/2016BD2K Research Education Curriculum Development: Data Science Overview for Biomedical Scientists (R25) (Summary) RFA-ES-16-011
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 Research Resources

Resource NameDescription
Integrated Islet Distribution Program

The goal of the Integrated Islet Distribution Program (IIDP) is to work with the leading islet isolation centers in the U.S. to distribute high quality human islets to the diabetes research community, in order to advance scientific discoveries and…

Action to Control Cardiovascular Disease Risk in Diabetes Follow-up Study
ACCORDION (sponsored by NHLBI) is a prospective, observational follow-up study of at least 8000 participants who were treated and followed in the Action to Control Cardiovascular Risk in Diabetes (ACCORD) Trial.  Treatment in ACCORD ended in 2009 and…
Action for Health in Diabetes
Look AHEAD is a 16-center, randomized clinical trial investigating the long-term health effects of an intensive lifestyle intervention designed to produce weight loss. Look AHEAD enrolled 5,145 overweight or obese participants with type 2 diabetes…
Diabetic Complications Consortium
The goal of the NIDDK-sponsored Diabetic Complications Consortium (DiaComp) is to foster communication and collaboration between investigator communities involved in complications research.  Toward this goal, DiaComp: (1) sponsors annual meetings in…
Type 1 Diabetes-Rapid Access to Intervention Development
Type 1 Diabetes-Rapid Access to Intervention Development (T1D-RAID): T1D-RAID is not accepting new applications at this time, but currently supports ongoing projects. The goal of T1D-RAID is to facilitate translation from the lab to the clinic of…

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 NIDDK Active Trials in Type 1 Diabetes

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 Related Study Sections

​​Study sections conduct initial peer review of applications in a designated scientific area. View related study sections from the NIH's Center for Scientific Review.