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.
Abstracts are due by March 15, 2016. Please see our abstract submission guidelines for details. Submission link to be provided in your registration confirmation email.
Be sure to reserve your room with our conference rate, before April 18th.
Susan Bonner-Weir PhD and Gordon C. Weir MD
Professors of Medicine at Harvard Medical School
Drs. Bonner-Weir and Weir, Professors of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, work in the Section on Islet Cell and Regenerative Biology at the Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston. Their research focus has been on islet biology and how it relates to beta cell replacement therapy. As a team effort, the two have provided important insights into the relationship between beta cell mass and function and have explored the role of glucose toxicity during the progression to diabetes. This has led to recent work on beta cell plasticity and heterogeneity with diabetes and aging. In addition Dr. Bonner-Weir has provided insights into islet architecture and its functional implications and the changes in determinants of beta cell mass throughout life in rodents and now humans. She has done much to clarify the importance throughout life of neogenesis, the formation of new islets from duct cells in the pancreas. Dr. Weir has had a longstanding interest in islet encapsulation as a way to protect islets from being killed by the immune system, a particular interest of Dr. Lacy’s.
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.
We would like to thank our local supporters, regional Diabetes Research Centers , as well as industry and foundation supporters:
Comfortable and affordable amenities
Sheraton on the City Circle
31 West Ohio Street
Indianapolis, IN, 46204
Group rate good until April 18, 2016. The rate is $169/night and includes a buffet breakfast.
We are working on shuttle service to and from the hotel and will have those details posted shortly.
The conference itself will take place in the Joseph E. Walther Hall (R3) on the IUPUI campus.