UC San Diego-Hosted Project Partners with Diabetes Research Community to Promote Data Tools

Partnership to further understanding and use of data to advance diabetes research

San Diego, CA, June 10, 2021 — An information portal hosted at the University of California San Diego is teaming with a global diabetes research community to promote the use of data in scientific research to treat or cure Type 1 diabetes and related diseases.

Diabetes researchers use data tools to advance work on Type 1 diabetes.

Funded by the National Institute of Digestive Diabetes and Kidney Disease (NIDDK), the NIDDK Information Network (dkNET) is partnering with the(sugar)science scientific community designed to advance the treatment and cure for Type 1 diabetes.

The partnership will produce digital content aimed at educating researchers about the full range of dkNET resources and promoting their use in scientific research.

“We are delighted to be working with the(sugar)science to increase awareness of dkNET’s unique tools and services supporting Type 1 diabetes and related research,” said Maryann Martone, PhD, Principal Investigator at dkNET and Professor Emerita in the Department of Neuroscience at UC San Diego. Martone co-directs the FAIR Data Informatics Lab (FDI Lab) with Jeffrey Grethe, PhD, at the Qualcomm Institute on the UC San Diego campus.

Added Martone: “We’ve been so impressed with how the(sugar)science uses modern networking tools and approaches to provide an online hub for Type 1 diabetes researchers at all career stages.”

Recent mandates for FAIR data call for best practices to deliver data that is of use to the broader scientific community.  As part of its work on FAIR, dkNET is launching a new Hypothesis Center that will enable data mining and hypothesis generation across FAIR ‘omics data. dkNET also aims to support early career scientists in developing their lines of inquiry through hypothesis development and a pilot award program. 

“dkNET is a treasure trove of research tools and information just waiting for the larger scientific community to understand, access and embrace,” said Monica Westley, PhD, founder of the(sugar)science.  “We want to help get the word out to our connected scientific community across the globe to provide them best-in-class support for their research.”

According to dkNET’s Martone, understanding and using these tools will universally increase ease of data analysis, help extract maximum benefit from research investments, and improve access to research resources that assist with scientific discovery. The information network’s focus is on end-to-end workflows, which reflects its understanding of real-world cases. 

The dkNET serves the needs of basic and clinical investigators by providing seamless access to large pools of data and research resources relevant to the mission of NIH’s NIDDK.

the(sugar)science is a dynamic, global, scientific community designed to advance the treatment and cure for Type 1 diabetes.   It provides social networking and collaborative tools along with curated content, information, links, and events relevant to its scientific audience.  Striving to build a critical mass of global Type 1 diabetes intelligence

dkNET is supported by NIH NIDDK grant U24DK097771.

For more information, contact Kay Everhart at kay@thesugarscience.org, Dr. Ko-Wei Lin at info@dknet.org.

Original version of this news release published on the dkNET website at https://dknet.org/about/blog/2266