nPOD Volunteers

How to become an nPOD volunteer

We are looking for people to spread the word about the importance of type 1 diabetes research in human tissue.

If you would like to be part of our awareness campaign, please sign up to become an organ donor for nPOD. Then take a picture of yourself with your signed card and email it to us. We will post it in our social media campaign only after we block out pertinent personal information.

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Five Important findings from nPOD’s study of human type 1 diabetes:

  • nPOD studies show that beta cell loss is not absolute and insulin-positive beta cells can remain many years after diagnosis. These findings challenge the traditional views that beta cell loss is virtually complete at the time of diagnosis and suggest that stopping inflammation at diagnosis may preserve some beta cell dysfunction, reducing or stopping complications.
  • Analysis of nPOD samples suggests beta cells themselves, and not just the immune response, may be important for why T1D develops, opening avenues for studies of new drugs capable of preserving beta cells.
  • nPOD samples have shown that beta cell replication and growth appears more sustained in early life, and while replication is possible in adult patients, it is rare. Scientists are seeking to uncover why regeneration occurs so that regrowth of beta cells may someday be possible.
  • nPOD studied the pancreas weights of healthy individuals compared to those in various stages of T1D and found size and structure of a pancreas may be different in those that are on their way to developing T1D well before they get the disease. This could be used to help predict or treat the disease before it starts.
  • nPOD Investigators found that children diagnosed with T1D under age seven develop a more aggressive form of diabetes, losing significantly more of their beta cells, than those diagnosed as teenagers. This could open doors to new treatments for both children and teens who develop the disease.

We thank you for your support.