Pancreatic Islets

To meet the requirements of pancreatic islet cell researchers who require specialized preparation or handling or do not have access to an islet isolation facility, the National Disease Research Interchange (NDRI) has established relationships with established islet cell isolation laboratories to isolate and distribute islet cells and associated materials to approved researchers for non-clinical research purposes.

NDRI will arrange for the delivery of pancreata to the isolation laboratory on a 24/7 basis via door-to-door air courier service within an expected cold ischemic time not to exceed 12 hours.

Customized samples of purified islets (90% pure) are available, in quantities that can service many research laboratories. Aliquots can be shipped containing from 1,000 to as many as 100,000 islet cell equivalents (with 90% viability).  Islets and acinar/ductal fractions can also be shipped directly to researchers from the isolation laboratory. Snap frozen and fixed samples are available upon request.

The following information is available with each shipment:

  • Within 24 hours of processing:
    • Purity
    • Viability
    • Total IEQ quantity
  • Within 72 hours of processing:
    • Glucose Stimulation Index

The NDRI has had an enormous impact, and contributed enormously to the research of thousands of scientists.  It is one of the best examples of how the efforts of a handful of private citizens can have a major impact on diseases that afflict millions of people around the world.

Abner Notkins, M.D.

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