Keystone Symposia: Advances in Islet Biology (Advances in Islet Bi)

Venue: Portola Hotel & Spa

Location: Monterey, California, United States

Event Date/Time: Mar 25, 2012 End Date/Time: Mar 30, 2012
Registration Date: Mar 25, 2012
Early Registration Date: Jan 25, 2012
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During the past 10 to 15 years, there has been significant progress in our understanding of pancreatic islet development and islet biology. This knowledge has been complemented and accelerated by major advances in diverse fields including islet transplantation, stem cells, small molecule screening, high-throughput sequencing, epigenetics and human genetics. The integration of these divergent disciplines has allowed us to develop a clearer definition of a functional b cell and has elucidated many of the mechanisms underlying the differentiation, survival and death of the b cell. Furthermore, these studies have revealed the potential to generate new b cells through replication or neogenesis. Improvements in differentiation and transdifferentiation protocols have also illustrated the potential of using stem cells and some somatic cell types as sources of islet cells, but these studies have also revealed the challenges associated with generating functional b cells. The purpose of this Keystone Symposia meeting is to highlight the areas of islet biology that have seen the most remarkable advances and to address some of the controversies that still exist in the field, especially with regards to the generation and maintenance of functionally mature b cells for therapeutic purposes. In addition, where it is possible, comparative mouse and human studies will be discussed to illustrate if and when mouse studies can be applied to the human situation.

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Other deadlines: Abstract & scholarship - November 22, 2011 Late-breaking abstract - January 3, 2012