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Islet Service Center


Islet Preparation Core

The Islet Preparation Core primarily harvests functional pancreatic islets from mice and rats.


Animals are humanely euthanized, the in situ pancreas is injected with collagenase, the enzyme-inflated pancreas is removed and incubated at 37°C, the islets are separated and purified from the disintegrating pancreas, and ultimately each islet is hand picked under the microscope.

Animal Protocol

Researchers requesting pancreatic islets from the Core must first possess a current IACUC-approved animal protocol, which includes a section on our islet harvesting procedure.
The Core can assist members through the protocol writing and submission process upon request.

Islet contact personnel:
Scott Beard​, Manager
Tel. 303-724-6832