Diabetes: Many Faces of the Disease
joint with Obesity: From Cell to Patient
Scientific Organizers: Lori Sussel, Juleen R. Zierath and Laura C. Alonso
Date: January 29 - February 02, 2021
Location: Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Diabetes is a growing health problem throughout the world; the incidence of both type 1 diabetes (T1D) or type 2 diabetes (T2D) are on the rise. With the advent of novel technologies, high throughput sequencing and clinical studies involving diverse human populations, there is a growing appreciation for the existence of sub-classifications of both T1D and T2D based on genetics and environmental influences. Understanding and characterizing the different diseases is critical to develop more effective personalized therapies. The goal of this meeting is to highlight traditional and novel aspects of diabetes research. For T1D, lectures on atypical forms of T1D, as well as the emerging premise that beta cell dysfunction contributes to progression of this autoimmune disease will be included. For T2D, lectures highlighting disease variations will be included that challenge the current dogma associated with genetic and environmental differences between individuals. The joint sessions with the Obesity meeting will highlight the contribution of obesity to T2D pathogenesis, with an emphasis on novel areas of research, including the role of different types and sources of fat, exosome signaling and the role of the microbiome. Finally, we will include two workshops, one combined with the Obesity meeting and one separate to highlight trainee research that is picked from abstracts. The program strives to raise awareness in the clinical and basic research communities about the need to sub-stratify diabetes to develop better treatment options.
Registration opens in January 2020