Happy Holidays from everyone at HIRN!
We hope your holidays will be filled with joy and laughter through the New Year
HIRN CHIB In-Person Meeting

CHIB held their semi-annual consortium specific meeting on December 7 th hosted by the Disease Biophysics Group (Parker Lab) at Harvard University. The group discussed their progress, advancements, and showcased their devices.
Annual Meeting Abstract Deadline
Abstracts for consideration for Scientific Presentation or Poster Session are due January 25 th . Please refer to abstract guidelines ; all trainees attending are required to submit an abstract.
IIDP Islet Award Initiative
The  Integrated Islet Distribution Program (IIDP)  is now accepting applications for the Islet Award Initiative (IAI) . The award will provide up to 100,000 IEQs to a maximum of 10 eligible investigators per year, without the need for a subscription fee. The next round of applications are due by January 7th 2019. There will be 3 submission cycles. We anticipate funding 3-4 awards per cycle. The IAI is generously supported by the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF).
Get to know our new HIRN investigators

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Indiana University
Consortium:  CBDS
Rutgers University
Consortium:  CTAR
University of Miami
Consortium:  HPAC
HIRN NIH Requests for Applications (RFAs)

RFA-DK-18-013 : Human Islet Research Network - Consortium on Modeling Autoimmune Interactions (HIRN-CMAI)
  • Letter of Intent due: January 26, 2019
  • Application due: February 26, 2019

RFA-DK-18-014 : Consortium on Targeting and Regeneration (CTAR)
  • NIDDK intends to commit $2.5 million in FY 2019 to fund 3-5 awards.
  • Letter of Intent due: January 26, 2019
  • Application due: February 26, 2019

RFA-DK-18-015 : Human Pancreas Analysis Program (HPAP)
  • NIDDK intends to commit $4.5 million in FY 2019 to fund 1 award.
  • Letter of Intent due: January 26, 2019
  • Application due: February 26, 2019

RFA-DK-18-016 : Human Pancreas Analysis Program for Type 2 Diabetes (HPAP-T2D)
  • NIDDK intends to commit $3 million in FY 2019 to fund 1 award.
  • Letter of Intent due: January 26, 2019
  • Application due: February 26, 2019
NIH Requests for Applications (RFAs)

NOT-RM-17-030 : T he NIH Common Fund Regenerative Medicine Program (RMP) Announces the Opportunity to Collaborate with the Stem Cell Translation Laboratory (SCTL) at the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS)
  • Proposal due dates: July 1, November 1 and March 1

RFA-PAR-18-886 : New Par adigms in Tissue Communication-from mediators to metabolic function (RC2 Clinical Trials Optional)
  • Letter of Intent due: Six weeks prior to application due date
  • Application due dates: May 30, 2019; October 31, 2019; June 2, 2020

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Postdoctoral position in the Lab of Dr. Doris Stoffers in the  Institute for Diabetes, Obesity, and Metabolism  within the  Perelman School of Medicine  at the  University of Pennsylvania . A PhD is required; experience in genetic mouse models, islet physiology, advanced molecular techniques, high throughput sequencing methodologies and bioinformatics, proteomics, metabolomics is helpful. Please send a brief statement of research interests, CV and contact information for three references to  Dr. Doris Stoffers
Postdoctoral position at  Joslin Diabetes Center  in the  Lab of Dr. Stephan Kissler is c urrently available to study gene mutations that protect pancreatic beta cells against autoimmunity. This cutting-edge research is part of a JDRF and NIH funded project conducted in collaboration with groups at the Joslin Diabetes Center and at the Harvard Stem Cell Institute. Please send a letter of motivation, CV and contact information for two references to  Dr. Stephan Kissler .
Postdoctoral position in the Department of Pathology, Immunology and Laboratory Medicine at the  University of Florida  in the lab of Dr.  Martha Campbell-Thompson is available. The candidate will participate in a  JDRF -funded project exploring the functional roles of the sympathetic nervous system on human islet alpha-cells and neurotransmission in health and type 1 diabetes. The applicant should be a highly motivated individual with experience in neuroanatomy, immunolocalization, molecular biology and advanced microscopy and image analysis. Please send cover letter, CV, and contact information for three references directly to  Dr. Campbell-Thompson .
The Department of Physiology at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center invites applications from nationally and internationally renowned individuals for the position of Eldon D. & Ruth Connell Endowed Chair Professor of Diabetes Research. Qualified candidates are expected to be leaders in the field of diabetes research with an internationally-recognized research program that is supported by robust extramural funding. Applicants should submit a cover letter of interest, complete CV, summary of research accomplishments and goals, and names and contact information of five references to Dr. Jonathan H. Jaggar.
Assistant & Associate Member
The  Benaroya Research Institute  is accepting applications for Assistant and Associate Members from well-qualified PhD and/or MD investigators to develop and lead their independent research laboratory program. Interested candidates should send their curriculum vitae, statement of research interests, and the names of three references to  Immunology Recruit .
Postdoctoral Position
The Labs of Drs.  Maike Sander  and  Kyle Gauton at   University of California, San Diego  is recruiting a  candidate with a Ph.D. in Biological Science, Computer Science, Mathematics, or a related field, and have experience with high-throughput sequence data.  Send detailed CV, list of publications and statement of research directly to Drs.  Maike Sander  and  Kyle Gaulton
Postdoctoral Position
The  Lab of Dr. Abdelfattah El Ouaamari  at  Rutgers University/Robert Wood Johnson Medical School is recruiting self-driven, creative and organized candidates with a PhD in neuroscience, biochemistry or molecular and cellular biology. The candidate must possess skills in manipulating and assessing neuronal activity. Candidates should have a strong record of productivity and publication in the fields of neuroscience/neurobiology or islet biology. Interested candidate should send CV, cover letter and 3 references directly to  Dr. El Ouaamari
Postdoctoral Position
The Lab of  Dr. Amelia Linnemann  a t the  Center for Diabetes and Metabolic Diseases at Indiana University School of Medicine  is recruiting for a postdoc with interest in islet biology, microscopy (confocal, multiphoton, super-res), and animal models of diabetes (zebrafish, mouse) in the highly interactive NIH-funded Diabetes Center at Indiana University. Please contact  Dr. Amelia Linnemann  directly for additional information or to apply.
Postdoctoral Associate
The  University of Miami  in the Lab of Dr. Joana Almaca is accepting applications for a Postdoctoral Associate to focus on the role of microvasculature in type 1 diabetes. Strong scientific background in molecular physiology and demonstrated scientific problem solving ability and creativity. Experience in confocal microscopy, calcium imaging and image quantification is highly desired. Send detailed CV, list of publications and statement of research directly to  Dr. Joana Almaca .

The  University of Miami Miller School of Medicine  Department of of Microbiology and Immunology is accepting applications for Assistant and Associate Professor level for investigators with research interests related to immunotherapy of cancer, autoimmunity, or infectious diseases. Applicants should have a Ph.D., M.D. or equivalent, at least 3 years of postdoctoral training. Applicants should send a curriculum vitae, statement describing research accomplishments and future research goals, relevant reprints, and the names of three references to Ms. Silvia Arguelles .  
Postdoctoral Fellow
The lab of Dr. Joe Zhou is accepting applications for a Postdoctoral Fellow position at  Weill Cornell Medicine  starting in the spring of 2019. The candidate should have a PhD or MD degree, and at least one first-author publication that demonstrates proficiency in research. He/she should have vigorous training in at least one of the following fields: stem cell biology, molecular biology, biochemistry, neuroscience, proteomics, or mouse genetics. Send CV and contact information directly to  Dr. Joe Zhou .
HIRN Meeting
2019 Annual Investigator Meeting

Save the date for the 2019 HIRN Annual Investigator meeting. It will be held on April 28-May 1, 2019 at the Capital Hilton, Washington DC.

Abstracts for consideration for Scientific Presentation or Poster Session are due January 25 th .
Other Meetings
Alberta British Columbia Islet Workshop 2019

The Alberta British Columbia Islet Workshop will be held on
February 13-15, 2019 at Silver Star Mountain in British Columbia
Endocrine Society 2019 Meeting

The Endocrine Society Annual Meeting will be held on
 March 23-26, 2019 at Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, LA
Gordon Research Conference

The 2019 Gordon Conference on Pancreatic Diseases will be held on
 June 16-21, 2019 at the Jordan Hotel at Sunday River in Newry, ME