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Molecular Virology & Microbiology - Alkek Center for Metagenomics and Microbiome Research

Houston, Texas

A BCM research lab.
Department of Molecular Virology and Microbiology
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Project: Viral associations with Type 1 Diabetes

Association: nPOD (Network for pancreatic Organ Donors with Diabetes)
University Association: University of Florida

Funded by a grant from the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), nPOD is an innovative program that provides scientists from around the world with high-resolution tissue samples from organ donors who have consented to advance a cure through the gift of research. Currently, nPOD supports over 30 type 1 diabetes-related scientific studies at institutions around the world.The goals of the nPOD initiative are to:

  • To maintain a network of procuring and characterizing, in a collaborative manner, pancreata and related tissues (spleen, lymph node, pancreatic lymph node, peripheral blood) from cadaveric organ donors with type 1 diabetes as well as those whom are islet autoantibody positive
  • Using these tissues, investigators will address key immunological, histological, viral, and metabolic questions related to how type 1 diabetes develops