Such a strategic approach should ameliorate many of the hurdles currently in existence with regulatory approvals or the engagement of industry in this space and hopefully provide the necessary toolkit for accelerating T1D research. In recognition of the critical gap in biomarker tools for T1D research, JDRF released a Request For Applications (RFA) entitled ‘Biomarker Discovery/Validation for Staging and Assessment of T1D’ in early 2012 and subsequently funded a number of applications that ranged from discovery efforts to assay optimization and clinical validation efforts. If successful, these
could be applied to disease staging, patient stratification for therapy or clinical response to therapy. JDRF plans to bring together its funded biomarker
selleckchem investigators to establish a Collaborative Biomarkers Consortium that will foster collaboration and data-sharing among its members. An integral component of this consortium will be a recently funded JDRF Biomarker Core and Validation Center (CAV), which should play a key role in undertaking gap-filling projects when applicable, co-ordinating data and sample-sharing and conducting validation assays as projects mature. Ultimately, as part of its larger strategic goal, JDRF hopes to expand both the Core’s and Consortium’s bandwidth to include other promising T1D Trametinib solubility dmso biomarker efforts/technologies from academia or other sectors of the scientific community. Importantly, a key goal will be to engage regulatory agencies such as the Food PAK5 and Drug Administration (FDA) at key points along the way for the qualification of validated biomarkers and their ultimate implementation in the clinic. This report was compiled by S.A. as a composite report from session summaries graciously provided by pre-assigned workshop attendees. Following are the scientists who contributed in this capacity: Dr F. Quintana (Harvard University),
Dr Jane Buckner (BRI), Dr E. McKinney (University of Cambridge), Dr E. Bradshaw (Harvard University), Dr F. Waldron-Lynch (University of Cambridge) and Dr E. Akirav (Winthrop University). Special contributions are noted from Dr M. Peakman (King’s College London), Dr D. Rotrosen (NIH), Dr N. Kenyon (Miami University), Dr S. Miller (Northwestern University) and Dr A. Pugliese (Miami University). The speakers are thanked for their interactive presentations and all attendees are thanked for their contributions to the discussions. Dr Jerry Nepom is especially thanked for his editorial guidance and for his contributions in planning the workshop and for co-chairing and co-moderating the event. This paper is dedicated to the memory of Dr George Eisenbarth (who attended this workshop via teleconference) for his contribution to and participation in countless JDRF-sponsored meetings and workshops and for his invaluable contributions to the field.