How We Work
The goals of the nPOD project are to recover relevant tissue from our donor groups, share these gifts with approved scientific investigators who seek to prevent, reverse and ultimately cure the disease and foster collaboration amongst these investigators. In order to achieve these goals, nPOD is comprised of various committees and boards to govern its direction and feasibility. All committee and board members are prominent leaders in their respective fields.
The scientific direction of nPOD is overseen by an outside Scientific Advisory Board (SAB), comprised of prominent diabetes investigators across the country.
The operations for recovering, sample processing and distributing and data management of nPOD donor gifts are done through four different cores:
- The Administrative Core is located at the University of Florida.
- The Autoantibody Core is located at the University of Colorado.
- The Data Management Core is located at the City of Hope in Duarte, California.
- The Organ Processing and Pathology Core (OPPC) is located at the University of Florida.
- The Large Scale Electron Microscopy (EM) Core is located at University Medical Center in Groningen, Netherlands.
In order to foster collaboration amongst nPOD investigators, the following committees were formed and are investigator-run:
The scientific direction of nPOD is overseen by an outside Scientific Advisory Board (SAB), comprised of prominent diabetes investigators across the country. The current members of the SAB are:
- Bruce Verchere, Ph.D. – University of British Columbia
- Chris Rhodes Ph.D. – MedImmune
- Chris Stoechert Ph.D. – University of Pennsylvania
- Ezio Bonifacio Ph.D. – University of Dresden (Germany)
- Lori Sussell Ph.D. – University of Colorado, Denver
- Raghu Mirmira Ph.D., M.D. – Indiana University
- Ronald Gill Ph.D. – University of Colorado, Denver
- Steve Rich Ph.D. – University of Virginia