13th Annual Midwest Islet Club

Hosted by the Vanderbilt Diabetes Center / Vanderbilt University


May 11-12, 2020


Vanderbilt University Student Life Center
310 25th Ave. S.
Nashville TN 37240

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The goal is to foster greater communication and interaction between pancreatic islet cell biology investigators within the Midwest region. The meeting will be composed of both senior and junior investigators, with exclusively students, postdoctoral fellows and newly independent investigators serving as speakers. The exception is the keynote talk established in memory of the late Dr. Paul Lacy, who pioneered pancreatic islet isolation and transplantation in St. Louis.


Please note that due to space limitations, registration will be capped at 175 attendees.

Registration fees are $225 per person and are managed through EventBrite. Click here to register and you will automatically directed to pay after completing the form. Your registration is not considered complete until fees are paid!

Meeting start: Monday, May 11, at 1:30PM (registration and lunch available at 12PM)

Meeting end: Tuesday, May 12 (dinner banquet and entertainment)

Event Contact: Roland Stein, Ph.D. or Jan Hicks, Vanderbilt Diabetes Center

Event Contact Phone Number: Jan Hicks @ 615-936-1649

Abstract Submission

Faculty, staff, and trainees are invited to submit abstracts. There will be a poster session on Monday, May 11, and outstanding abstracts will be selected for oral presentations.

Abstract deadline: April 3, 2020

Please adhere to the abstract guidelines.

Hotel & Venue

The conference will be held at the Vanderbilt University Student Life Center, located at 310 25th Ave. S., Nashville TN 37240, on the Vanderbilt University campus.

Blocks of Room will be offered at Holiday Inn Nashville Vanderbilt, 2613 West End Avenue, Nashville, TN 37203/Tel: (615) 327-4707. Participants will be able to contact the hotel directly requesting a room in the block for which ever nights they need.

Hotel options are listed below and are all within walking distance to the venue.

Keynote Lecture

Why is this conference for you?

Presentations selected from submitted abstracts will communicate the latest in cutting-edge pancreatic islet beta-cell research in relevance to both type-1 and -2 diabetes. The hope of the organizing committee is that the participation of the roughly 150 islet investigators will result in greater collaborations among individuals and their supporting groups.

Towards this end, funds have been raised to provide awards for the top three oral and poster presentations given by young investigators, postdoctoral fellows or students.


Meeting Photos


We would like to thank our local supporters, regional Diabetes Research Centers , as well as industry and foundation supporters:

Hotel & Travel

Comfortable and affordable amenities

Vanderbilt University is accessible via a short drive from the Nashville International Airport (BNA). There are several ground transportation options from BNA to campus, including shuttles, taxi cabs, and rideshare services. If you would like help finding a roommate, please contact Jan Hicks.

Option 1 - Holiday Inn Nashville Vanderbilt

About the hotel

Holiday Inn Nashville Vanderbilt

2613 West End Ave

Nashville, TN 37203

Hotel reservation website


Reservations and information

This hotel is within walking distance of the meeting location.

A block of rooms is available at $159 per night. Please contact the hotel at 615-327-4707 requesting a room in the room block ISG or reserve online.

Reservation deadline: April 10, 2020



On behalf of the MIC Organizing Committee:

Alan D. Attie, Ph.D. · Dawn B. Davis M.D., Ph.D. · Hengjiang Dong, Ph.D · Carmella Evans-Molina M.D., Ph.D. · Maureen Gannon Ph.D. · George K. Gittes, M.D. · Raghu Mirmira, MD, Ph.D. · Colin G. Nichols, Ph.D. · Louis Philipson, M.D., Ph.D. · Maria Remedi, Ph.D. · Leslie S. Satin, Ph.D. · Anath Shalev, M.D. · Scott Soleimanpour M.D. · Roland W. Stein, Ph.D. (Chair)

MIC 2020 at the Vanderbilt University Planning Committee:

Roland Stein, Ph.D. (Chair) · Chris Wright D. Phil. · Mark Magnuson M.D. · Jan Hicks (Program Manager)