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With gratitude for the 25,000+ organs and tissues annually referred to IIAM, and awe over the magnitude of research being done and the medical advances being made, IIAM is proud to showcase a few of these extraordinary projects!

nPOD and IIAM Celebrate National Diabetes Month!

IIAM has been instrumental in supporting diabetes research, placing nearly 350 pancreas for medical study over the past 4 years to help researchers find a cure for Types 1 and 2 diabetes! Mingder Yang, Ph.D., Director of the Network for Pancreatic Organ Donors with Diabetes (nPOD) noted “Over the last decade, IIAM has been the strongest alliance with nPOD in bridging organ donors and families to Type 1 Diabetes research. By studying these precious gifts, nPOD investigators have changed the understanding of human Type 1 Diabetes and IIAM has been an integral part of the journey. We look forward to further strengthening our productive relationship in uncovering the pathogenesis of this debilitating disease until a cure or prevention for Type 1 Diabetes is found.” Learn more.


Led by Dr. Gloria Pryhuber at the University of Rochester Medical Center, the NIH-funded Lung Molecular Atlas Program (LungMAP) is seeking ways to trigger lung cell re-growth to ultimately help the lungs develop in premature babies, as well as treat adults suffering from COPD. By bringing the greatest lung development experts in the country together to work with non-diseased human lungs from the neonatal stage through 10 years of age, the Lung MAP will create a publicly accessible reference for the research community regarding normal human lung development at the structural, cellular, protein and gene level to help guide us toward novel and more effective treatments for chronic lung disease in children and adults. “It is very probable that what we learn will lead to new therapies for lung disease relevant not only to preterm infants, but also to adults with injured and scarred lungs,” said Dr. Pryhuber.” She added, “Through a nationwide network of organ procurement organizations, IIAM has given us unprecedented access to normal lungs from across the U.S. within the crucial 24-hour window.

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