The Network for Pancreatic Organ Donors with Diabetes (nPOD) program is a JDRF funded initiative to provide investigators with rare and difficult to obtain human tissues to study type 1 diabetes (T1D) from deceased individuals at varying stages at disease development. Initiated in 2007, nPOD currently supports over 100 basic science research projects worldwide ranging in areas from disease pathogenesis and etiology to novel biomarkers, immunology, and beta cell development, differentiation, regeneration, physiology, and dysfunction. Several new nPOD initiatives are being forged with collaborators in and outside of the US to share knowledge, tissue, and data in efforts to expedite our understanding of T1D. For example, nPOD is developing DataShare, a web-enabled tool for collaboration organized around the nPOD specimen repository. DataShare is a program that investigators can use to obtain detailed information about donors in the nPOD collection, as well as share their findings and make connections with other researchers who are studying the same samples. This breakfast session will introduce and provide the latest updates on the nPOD program.
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