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Complications of Diabetes: Mechanisms of Injury and Failure of Repair
Organizer(s): Rama Natarajan, Matthias Kretzler and E. Dale Abel
Date: March 11 - 16, 2012
Location: Boston Park Plaza, Boston, MA, USA
Sponsored by Merck & Co., Inc.
Summary of Meeting:
Diabetes is associated with significantly accelerated rates of several microvascular and macrovascular complications including nephropathy, neuropathy, retinopathy and atherosclerosis. Furthermore, results from both clinical trials and animal studies indicate that these complications might progress despite glycemic control, a phenomenon termed metabolic memory. Ongoing studies have identified biochemical and nuclear mechanisms, genetic determinants, epigenetic factors and non-coding RNAs in the pathogenesis of diabetic complications. Thus, the study of the key mechanisms leading to injury in target organs and failure of adaptive processes holds great promise for the identification of mechanism-targeted therapeutic approaches. These experimental approaches have been aided by tremendous advances in high-throughput genomic and epigenomic technologies, integrated systems biology and bioinformatics. Advances in the fields of stem cell therapies, induced pluripotency and regenerative medicine have provided new hope for the treatment of complications. The goal of this interdisciplinary meeting is to integrate these evolving concepts with current knowledge to facilitate a systems-level understanding of diabetic complications.
Scholarship Deadline: November 10 2011
Discounted Abstract Deadline: November 10 2011
Abstract Deadline: December 14 2011
Discounted Registration Deadline: January 12 2012
Keystone Symposia thanks our Sponsor(s) for generously supporting this meeting:
Merck & Co., Inc.
We gratefully acknowledge additional support for this conference from:
Aastrom Biosciences, Inc.Biogen IdecJDRF
We gratefully acknowledge the generous grant for this conference provided by:

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)
Grant No. 5R13DK084688-03
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