ALPCO Diabetes Research Travel Grant

ALPCO strives to provide scientists and healthcare professionals with robust tools for their research and clinical diagnostic endeavors. We offer a wide range of testing solutions, presenting vital insights to advance research and improve clinical outcomes.

To further promote progressive diabetes and obesity research, ALPCO is sponsoring a new travel grant award program.

Photo of Lisa Volpatti, ALPCO's January 2019 Diabetes Research Travel Grant recipientJanuary 2019 Recipient: Lisa Volpatti, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

ALPCO awarded its January 2019 Diabetes Research Travel Grant to Lisa Volpatti from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Ms. Volpatti’s work with microgel encapsulated nanoparticles for glucose-responsive insulin delivery demonstrates excellent innovation and potential for new therapies to enhance the lives of people living with type 1 and advanced type 2 diabetes.

Ms. Volpatti’s Research

Type 1 and advanced Type 2 diabetic patients are dependent on multiple daily doses of exogenous insulin to combat hyperglycemia. Therapies that can self-regulate insulin delivery have the potential to better mimic the function of a healthy pancreas, limit the occurrence of hypoglycemic events, and reduce patient burden. To this end, Lisa’s research focuses on the development of stimuli-responsive biomaterials for glucose-responsive insulin delivery.

Lisa has developed biomaterial systems spanning several length scales (e.g. nanoparticles, microgels, and shear-thinning bulk hydrogels) with tunable response rates. The materials encapsulate insulin and glucose oxidase, an enzymatic sensor that converts glucose to gluconic acid. Thus, the pH of the surrounding microenvironment is reduced when glucose levels are high, causing rapid biomaterial degradation and on-demand insulin release.

These biomaterial systems rapidly correct elevated blood glucose levels in a Type 1 diabetic mouse model and provide cures for over three weeks with just two doses. The development of glucose-responsive materials for self-regulated insulin delivery marks a significant advancement in the precise regulation of blood sugar levels for the treatment of diabetes.Learn more about Ms. Volpatti’s ongoing research at lisarvolpatti.com.

Meet the Researcher

Lisa Volpatti is a Ph.D. Candidate (June 2019) at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she received her Master of Science in Chemical Engineering Practice. Lisa’s novel research in the Anderson and Langer Labs focuses on the development of stimuli-responsive biomaterials for glucose-responsive insulin delivery. Lisa is a NSF Graduate Research Fellow, MIT ChemE Communication Lab Fellow, and Teaching Development Fellow. She recently co-founded the Graduate Women in Chemical Engineering organization at MIT and is passionate about recruiting and supporting women in STEM.

Apply for ALPCO’s Diabetes Research Travel Grant

This is a thumbnail preview of our diabetes research travel grant brochure.

Diabetes Research Travel Grant Brochure

Eligibility

All applicants must be currently enrolled graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, or early stage investigators* in North America and must be primarily responsible for the research described. All successful applicants must commit to submitting/presenting their results in the form of a scientific poster or oral presentation at a relevant diabetes conference within one year from award receipt. Conferences include: ADA, MIC, BIIC, ABC, and Keystone Symposia. Please inquire if you would like to propose an alternative conference. An applicant is eligible to receive one award per year.

Criteria

Competitive applications will describe active research which clearly and concisely demonstrates direct relevance to diabetes and obesity research, treatment and/or future therapies.

Award Features

The grant consists of:

  • $2,500 product credit for applicable ALPCO assays** (to be purchased within six months of award)
  • Up to $2,500 to present abstract/findings (to be used within one year of award), including:
    • Travel fees (airfare and lodging only)***
    • Conference registration fees***

Application Materials

Submissions must include the following:

Research Description

The description should include your abstract and a clear explanation of the connection between the research and its relevance to improving future diabetes and obesity treatment or therapies. The length of the proposal should not exceed two pages (including figures and references).

Advisor/Mentor Letter

We require that the applicant’s scientific advisor/mentor also send a letter confirming enrollment or postdoctoral status. The letter must detail the applicant’s contribution to the research, distinguishing it from the efforts of other supporting team members, and establishing the significance of the contribution to its relevant scientific discipline.

Deadlines

Complete applications should be submitted by the following deadlines.

  • January 15
  • July 15

The award winners will be announced 90 days after the application deadline.

Submission

Please email all application materials to: diabetesgrant@alpco.com.

This is a thumbnail preview of our Diabetes Travel Grant application.

Diabetes Research Travel Grant Application

Frequently Asked Questions

What does a complete application include?

Submissions must include the following:

  • Diabetes Research Travel Grant application
  • Research description: The description should include your abstract and a clear explanation of the connection between the research and its relevance to improving future diabetes and obesity treatment or therapies. The length of the proposal cannot exceed two pages (including figures and references).
  • Advisor/mentor letter: We require that the applicant’s scientific advisor/mentor also send a letter confirming enrollment or postdoctoral status. The letter must detail the applicant’s contribution to the research, distinguishing it from the efforts of other supporting team members, and establishing the significance of the contribution to its relevant scientific discipline.
  • Current resume/CV

How do I submit my application?

You can submit your application and submission materials to: diabetesgrant@alpco.com.

For additional information, please contact:

Christi Caillouette

Product Manager, Diabetes & Obesity

(800) 592-5726, x255

ccaillouette@alpco.com

What is the deadline for applications?

Complete applications should be submitted by the following deadlines.

  • January 15
  • July 15

When will I find out if I have been awarded a grant?

The award winners will be announced 90 days after the application deadline.

If I am awarded a grant, which shows can I choose to present at next year?

Conferences include: ADA, MIC, BIIC, ABC, and Keystone Symposia. Please inquire if you would like to propose an alternative conference.

If I receive a grant, how do I submit my receipts for reimbursement?

Please submit all receipts to diabetesgrant@alpco.com.

 

 

ALPCO reserves the right to change or discontinue the grant program at any time.

*Early stage investigators: less than 10 years from terminal degree.

**Applies to kits with a catalog number starting with “80-”.

***Award winners will be responsible for arranging their own travel, accommodations, and conference registration. Receipts will be required to receive reimbursement.