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This meeting will be conducted in English.

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Diabetes: New Insights into Molecular Mechanisms and Therapeutic Strategies (T2)

Scientific Organizers: Takashi Kadowaki, Juleen R. Zierath, Nobuya Inagaki and Barbara B. Kahn


October 25—29, 2015

Westin Miyako Kyoto, Kyoto, Japan


Lead Sponsor: Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Ltd. Other Sponsors: Astellas Pharma Inc., Journal of Molecular Cell Biology (JMCB), Novo Nordisk A/S and Sanofi-Aventis Deutschland GmbH


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Discounted Abstract Deadline: June 25, 2015


Abstract Submission Fee: 100.00 USD*
Submission by this date receives 50.00 USD discount.
*50.00 USD will be applied to Registration Fee when you register

Abstract Details: It is best to submit your abstract early. Abstract and registration spaces are limited and may fill prior to the abstract or discounted registration deadlines. Submitting an abstract does not constitute or guarantee registration.

Submitting your abstract early allows us to:
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  • reserve your space at the meeting for a poster presentation.**
**Submitting an abstract does not constitute or guarantee registration.
(The Abstract Deadline: is July 23, 2015)

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Scholarship Deadline: June 25, 2015


Scholarship Details: You MUST submit your abstract by the Scholarship Deadline and complete the other required steps (submit a scholarship application and submit a mentor letter) to be considered for a scholarship.

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Abstract Deadline: July 23, 2015


Abstract Submission Fee: 100.00 USD*
*50.00 USD will be applied to Registration Fee when you register

Details: It is best to submit your abstract early. Abstract and registration spaces are limited and may fill prior to the abstract or discounted registration deadline. Submitting an abstract does not constitute or guarantee registration.

Submitting your abstract by the Abstract Deadline allows us to:
  • submit your abstract to organizers to be considered for a short talk
  • include your abstract on our website and in our secure mobile app
  • reserve your space at the meeting for a poster presentation.**
**Submitting an abstract does not constitute or guarantee registration.
Abstracts submitted after the Abstract Deadline will NOT be considered for a short talk.

(Discounted Abstract Deadline: is June 25, 2015)

Discounted Registration Deadline: August 25, 2015


Registration Fee: 845.00 USD* (includes 150.00 USD discount)
Student Registration Fee: 620.00 USD* (must complete student verification form)

*Includes 50.00 USD of your abstract submission fee

After the Discounted Registration Deadline:


Registration Fee: 995.00 USD*
Student Registration Fee: 770.00 USD* (must complete student verification form)

*Includes 50.00 USD of your abstract submission fee

Registration spaces are limited and may fill prior to discounted registration deadline.

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Things to Do

Walking distance  = Walking distance (within 1/2 mile of conference center)  FREE Shuttle/Bus available  = FREE Shuttle/Bus available
Shuttle/Bus required  = Shuttle/Bus required  Car/Taxi required  = Car/Taxi required  not available  = Not Available

For a Kyoto Tourist Guidebook please click here.
For a Kyoto Sightseeing Map please click here.
Hiking Walking distance There are several trails, parks, and sanctuaries throughout Kyoto that the concierge can tell you about upon request. A trail through a wild bird sanctuary leaves right from the hotel. Find out more here
Golfing Car/Taxi required Shuttle/Bus required Golfers visiting the Kyoto area will find a number of golf courses within reach of the city
Sightseeing Walking distance Car/Taxi required Shuttle/Bus required Multiple half day sightseeing tours to some of Kyoto's most iconic and impressive attractions, temples, castles and shrines are being offered during the conference.

They include lunch and an English speaking guide and take place on Tuesday October 27 and Wednesday October 28.

Each day is a different itinerary and a minimum of 25 people is needed in order for the tour to run.

The registration deadline is Friday, October 16 and you can book online by clicking here.

Prices and more information can be found here.


Kyoto is the tourist jewel in Japan's crown and a must-see destination for most visitors to the country. Japan's capital from 794 to 1868, Kyoto boasts literally thousands of historic Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines as well as some of Japan's most beautiful gardens and palaces. Although now a modern city of 1.5 million inhabitants, Kyoto remains a center of traditional Japanese art and crafts, culture and cuisine. Set in a picturesque basin surrounded by wooded hills, the city is designed on a distinctive grid pattern and is easily accessible from Tokyo or Osaka by shinkansen 'bullet' train.
Other Walking distance Designed and certified by Runner's World Magazine, Runner's World Maps are available to guests of the Westin Miyako and feature 3-mile and 5-mile jogging/walking routes from the hotel as well as local running tips.

There is also an outdoor tennis court on site at the Westin with equipment available for rental.

Spa Walking distance The onsite Sothys Skin Care Salon and Spa is available for all guests with the option of doing in-room treatments. Find out more here
Swimming Walking distance To soothe tired muscles, splash around in the hotel's heated indoor pool or stick your legs in the whirlpool. An Outdoor Pool is also available (Seasonal). Find out more here
Fitness Center Walking distance There is a Fitness Studio located at the Westin Miyako. A fee for usage is charged and workout gear is available for rent. Find out more here
Aquarium Car/Taxi required Shuttle/Bus required The Kyoto Aquarium is located in downtown Kyoto less than 1 mile form the central stiation. Find out more here
Zoo Walking distance Car/Taxi required Shuttle/Bus required The Kyoto Municipal Zoo is less than 1 km from the Westin and open year round. Find out more here
Other Car/Taxi required Shuttle/Bus required Experience the local culture! WAK Japan can arrange a private tea ceremony at one of the nearby temples and also offers several other programs. Examples include flower arranging, kimono making and textile weaving. Visit www.wakjapan.com for more information.

Museums Walking distance Car/Taxi required Shuttle/Bus required Kyoto has been the center of Japanese art and culture since it became the national capital in the Heian Period over 1200 years ago. Though the capital was moved to Tokyo in the Meiji Period at the end of the 19th century, Kyoto has continued to fill an important role in modern cultural development. For museums in Kyoto, visit Kyoto Museums
Other Car/Taxi required Shuttle/Bus required The Minamiza Kabuki Theater is the birthplace of 'kabuki,' and a landmark of the city. Their kabuki performances have been designated as an important cultural property. Not only kabuki plays, but also concerts and 'rakugo' (traditional comic storytelling) performances are held here. For more information, visit Minamiza Kabuki Theater

From 794 to 1869, Kyoto was home to the Imperial Household. Even today, nearly 3,000 temples and almost 2,000 shrines can be found in the city. Because of this, the culinary traditions handed down through generations of the Emperor’s Court, Buddhist monks, and Shinto priests can still be enjoyed today. Serving times are generally: breakfast 7:00am-9:00am, lunch 12:00-2:00pm, dinner 6:00pm-9:00pm.

For a Kyoto Restaurant Guide please click here.
Dining Walking distance FREE Shuttle/Bus available Shuttle/Bus required
A great many fast-food restaurants can be found in Kyoto, but if you want to try Japanese food, an izakaya (pub) or shokudo (diner) is the place to go for home-style cooking that the locals eat. The easiest thing to order in a shokudo is the lunch set or set menu. This usually consists of a main dish of meat or fish, rice, miso soup, shredded cabbage, and tsukemono (Japanese pickles). Single items such as donburi (bowl of rice with some topping) or noodles can also be ordered. The places are reasonable, although be aware that lunch and evening prices differ.
Ryotei restaurants serving Kyoryori style of traditional cuisine known as kaiseki specialize in meals of the highest quality, and are places where Japanese gardens can be enjoyed whilst dining amidst an atmosphere of refined elegance. A lunchtime course starts from around ¥3,000. Evening courses, for which reservations are necessary, start from around ¥10,000. As prices vary greatly between lunchtime and evening courses, it is recommended you check in advance.
The Westin has several on-site options for dining ranging from tradition Japanese fare to international/western cuisine to bars and a tea room. Find out more here.

For dining options in Kyoto, visit
Kyoto Dining
Bars/Pubs Walking distance Car/Taxi required Shuttle/Bus required An izakaya is a Japanese pub. While drinking beer or sake, a wide variety of typical Japanese dishes such as sashimi (raw fish) and yakitori (barbequed chicken), as well as many western dishes with a Japanese slant can be enjoyed here. Izakaya have a red paper lantern hanging outside and thus are easily recognizable.
Amounts are in US dollars
The above information is provided as a courtesy to our conferees and is subject to change without notice.