Release Date:  July 20, 2000

NOTICE:  DK-00-005

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases

The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases 
(NIDDK) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), is seeking an 
organization or an institution to establish a Islet/Beta Cell 
Transplant Registry and the provision of statistical, clinical 
coordination, technical, regulatory, and administrative support for the 
Registry to collect information on islet and beta cell transplants in 
patients within North America.  To be included in this database will be 
patient demographics, patient and graft survival rates by era, surgical 
technique, type of immunosuppression, immunoisolation and/or tolerance 
induction protocol, donor source, tissue typing, assessment of viral 
and bacterial contamination in donor tissue, length of graft 
preservation, implantation site, islet/beta cell preparation procedure 
and islet/beta cell storage procedure.  Metabolic data will also be 
collected and analyzed.  In addition, the data and the results of 
analyses will be communicated to the scientific community. This Request 
for Proposal, RFP No. NIH-NIDDK-00-02, will be issued on or about July 
25, 2000, with a closing date of September 25, 2000.  To receive a copy 
of this RFP, please supply this office with two self-addressed mailing 
labels and cite the RFP number referenced above.  Requests must be made 
in writing and addressed to:  Danielle C. Sweeney (301-594-8838), 
Contract Specialist, Acquisition Management Branch, National Institute 
of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, Rockledge One, 6705 
Rockledge Drive, Suite 8048, MSC 7973, Bethesda, Maryland 20892-7973.  
This advertisement does not commit the Government to make an award.  

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