How do I sign up to receive human islets?
Please contact Joss by filling out the form to the right.
What documentation is required?
Is a material transfer agreement (MTA) required?
Yes. Once the other documentation is in place, the University of Alberta will coordinate with your tech transfer office to create an MTA.
How much do the islets cost?
Islets are offered on a cost-recovery basis: $0.12 (CAD) per IEQ for normal donors and $0.18 (CAD) per IEQ for diabetic donors.
Can I get a discount?
Yes! We also provide the option of signing up for a prepaid subscription of $10,000 CAD for 100,000 IEQ ($0.10 per IEQ).
What information is provided with the islets?
Donor age, sex, body mass index, HbA1c (if available), human leukocyte antigen (HLA)-typing (if available), and any relevant medical history (e.g. diabetes diagnosis or pancreatitis) are provided. Preparation information such as purity, culture time, and photos of dithizone-stained islets are also included.
How will I know if islets are available?
An email will be sent out with donor and preparation information. IEQs can be requested by replying directly to that email.
How do you count IEQs?
DTZ-stained islet samples are counted and categorized by size, using a stereomicroscope with a counting reticle. A conversion factor is then applied to correlate islets of different sizes to IEQ (a standard islet equivalent of 100 um diameter). The full protocol is available upon request.
How are the islets shipped?
Islets are shipped with CMRL media in a 50 mL tube at ambient temperature, via FedEx. Recipients in Canada and the United States will receive the islets the next day, while international recipients typically receive them within 48 hours.
What other samples are available?
We offer paraffin-embedded sections of pancreatic biopsies and isolated islets from normal and diabetic donors. Cryopreserved islets may also be available upon request.
What kind of quality assurance do you perform on your islet preparations?
How will you bill me?
Invoices are sent out quarterly, with payment accepted by wire transfer or cheque. For other billing inquiries, please contact Tina Dafoe.