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.


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Event Start Time: May 11, 2020 - 12 PM with Registration and Lunch; Meeting to follow at 1:30 PM

Event End Time: 11 PM on May 12, 2020

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

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

Abstract Submission

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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.

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.


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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.

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

Reservation deadline: TBD



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)