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Pancreatic Islets: From Development to Transplantation
joint with Toward Understanding Islet Biology
Organizer(s): Alvin C. Powers, David M. Harlan, Christopher V.E. Wright and Michael German
Date: February 23 - 28, 2006
Location: Sagebrush Inn & Suites, Taos, NM, USA
Supported by the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
Summary of Meeting:
The meeting will be an integrated program on pancreatic islet developmental biology and pancreatic islet transplantation. Both areas are on the forefront of several scientific disciplines (developmental biology, stem cells, transcription factors, transplantation, cell biology, gene regulation, and diabetes) and are the subject of intense scientific investigation. Islet transplantation, an emerging therapy for diabetes, is severely hampered by the lack of a sufficient number of islets for transplantation. A major goal of work to understand pancreatic islet development is the generation of new islets from stem cells (adult or embryonic). Challenges relevant to both fields are an incomplete understanding of the mechanisms controlling normal islet development and function and lack of information about islet cell differentiation, survival, and function after transplantation. The program will focus on these scientific challenges by reviewing progress in these rapidly expanding fields and discussing strategies to overcome these obstacles. The planning committee has structured the program to foster interaction between scientists interested in islet transplantation and those interested in pancreatic islet development.
Scholarship Deadline: October 24 2005
Discounted Abstract Deadline: October 24 2005
Abstract Deadline: November 16 2005
Discounted Registration Deadline: December 23 2005
We gratefully acknowledge additional support for this conference from:
JDRF
We gratefully acknowledge additional in-kind support for this conference from those foregoing speaker expense reimbursements:

ViaCyte, Inc.
We gratefully acknowledge the generous grant for this conference provided by:

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)
Grant No. 1R13 DK074311-01
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