The IIDP consists of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) Project Scientist and Program Official, an External Scientific Panel, and the Coordinating Center at City of Hope. The IIDP integrates an interactive group of five islet isolation centers to coordinate the distribution of human islets.

The IIDP has selected five islet isolation centers to serve as providers of human islets and other tissues to the IIDP during the 2022-2023 IIDP grant period:

  • Human Islet Core, University of Wisconsin, Madison (directed by Dr. Jon Odorico)
  • Human Islet Core Facility, Loyola University, Chicago (Dr. Luis Fernandez)
  • Imagine Islet Center, Imagine Pharma (Dr. Rita Bottino)
  • The Scharp-Lacy Research Institute , Prodo Labs, Inc. (Dr. David Scharp)
  • Southern California Islet Cell Resource Center, City of Hope (Dr. Fouad Kandeel)

Selections were made following a thorough review of all applicants responding to an IIDP-issued RFP, including a scientific review conducted by multiple experts in human islet biology, isolation, and distribution. The IIDP is excited about the unique expertise that each of these centers brings to the IIDP and the opportunities presented to the diabetes research community resulting from these centers’ experience and commitment to excellence.

The IIDP would also like to thank the retiring IIDP islet isolation centers at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Miami, directed by Dr. Ali Naji and Dr. Camillo Ricordi, respectively. Drs. Naji and Ricordi have been pioneers in islet isolation and transplantation research and original participants in the IIDP and its precursor program, the Islet Cell Resource (ICR) Center Consortium, since the founding of the program in 2002. Each lab has shipped tens of millions of human islets to islet researchers worldwide, and their roles as advisors, collaborators, and friends have shaped the ICR and IIDP in immeasurable ways. The IIDP would like to express our sincere gratitude to Dr. Naji, Dr. Ricordi, and the staff at both the University of Pennsylvania’s and the University of Miami’s human islet centers for their hard work, dedication, and achievements for the past 20 years.

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