1. What is HIRN?

HIRN stands for ‘Human Islet Research Network’. It was founded in 2014 to help organize and support collaborative research related to the loss of functional beta cell mass in Type 1 Diabetes (T1D). The project consists of five independent research initiatives (consortia) as well as the Human Islet Research Enhancement Center (HIREC).  

2. Who is in the HIRN?
The HIRN currently consists of over 70 distinct NIH funded Research Grants affiliated with one of six consortia.  Investigators can be viewed on the website under Participants or on the Investigator Map. Additionally, the HIRN New Investigators can be viewed directly on the website. 

3. How can I learn about HIRN Research?
The abstracts for each HIRN Research Project is posted on the Main Menu under the “Our Research” tab. Additionally, under the “Papers” tab on the Main Menu you can access the Annual Executive Summary Reports (under “Reports“) and publications that acknowledge HIRN (under “All HIRN Publications“).

4. How can I join HIRN?
HIRN is a closed network. You must have an accepted HIRN specific grant to participate. Please check under the “Funding” tab on the Main Menu to see if there are any open Requests for Applications (RFAs) for HIRN. 

5. How should HIRN be acknowledged in manuscripts?
Please use the following template for HIRN acknowledgment in publications:
          “This research was performed using resources and/or funding provided by the NIDDK-supported Human Islet Research Network
           (HIRN, RRID:SCR_014393; https://hirnetwork.org ; UC4 DKZZZZ to XY).”

          *Manuscripts resulting from HIRN Opportunity Pool Projects (i.e. New Investigator, Emerging Leader, or Catalyst) should state:
           Funded by a Human Islet Research Network subaward (
HIRN, RRID:SCR_014393; https://hirnetwork.org; UC24 DK104162)”

Last Updated on: March 28, 2024



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