Frequently Asked Questions

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 a an Administrative Hub consisting of the Program Staff at the NIH NIDDK, a Coordinating Center and Bioinformatics Center.

2. Who is in the HIRN?
The HIRN currently consists of 35 distinct UC4 Research Grants affiliated with one of five consortium.  Investigators are located internationally and can be viewed on the website under Participants, on the Investigator Map, or on using our Interactive Investigator Diagram. The Postdoctoral Fellows and Research Staff of each of the UC4 grants are members of the HIRN network as are the Collaborators, External Scientific Panel (ESP) Members, and the NIH NIDDK Program Staff.  Additionally, the HIRN also consists of a Coordinating Center and a Bioinformatics Center located within the Department of Diabetes and Cancer Discovery Sciences at City of Hope.

2. How can I learn about HIRN Research?
The abstracts for each HIRN Research Project is posted on the Main Menu under the “Projects” 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“).

3. How can I learn more about the Annual Investigator Meeting?
Please check under the “Overview” tab on the Main Menu to the “Annual Investigator Meeting” webpage.

4. How can I join HIRN?
HIRN is a closed network. You must have an accepted HIRN UC4 grant to participate. Please check under the “NIH Announcements” part of 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; ; UC4 DKZZZZ to XY).”


Last Updated on:  February 20, 2018



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