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Pancreatic Diseases
Frontiers in Pancreatic Research
July 19-24, 2015
Mount Holyoke College
South Hadley, MA
Michele Solimena

Vice Chair:
Diane M. Simeone

Application Deadline
Applications for this meeting must be submitted by June 21, 2015. Please apply early, as some meetings become oversubscribed (full) before this deadline. If the meeting is oversubscribed, it will be stated here. Note: Applications for oversubscribed meetings will only be considered by the Conference Chair if more seats become available due to cancellations.

The first GRC on Pancreatic Diseases was held in July, 2013 at Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA, USA. The distinctive concept of this GRC is to bring together basic and physician scientists at the forefront of research in all aspects of pancreatic diseases, including diabetes, pancreatic cancer and pancreatitis. Theses complex diseases represent a major threat for human health and society and advancement in their understanding and treatment requires an interdisciplinary approach. Given the close developmental and physiological relatedness of pancreatic exocrine and endocrine cells and the significant epidemiological association between pancreatic cancer and diabetes, it is especially felt that a forum for scientific exchange among leaders in these fields provides a unique opportunity to establish new collaborations and foster much needed progress in these research areas and translation of this information into medical practice.

Following the resounding success of the first conference, the second GRC "Pancreatic Diseases" will take place July 19-24, 2015 at Mount Holyoke College South Hadley, MA USA. The program we have assembled is first-rate, benefitting from the contribution of international world-class female and male scientists engaged in research relevant to different aspects of pancreatic diseases. As for all GRCs, the guiding principle of this Conference is the presentation of new, unpublished results and the free, unhampered discussion that follows. This tradition of freely sharing ideas is due in large part to GRC's "off the record" policy which prohibits photography or tape recording of sessions or the publication of conference proceedings. Participation of young scientists, including PhD students, postdocs and junior group leaders is especially welcome, with opportunities of short talks and partial reimbursement of conference fees and traveling costs for selected poster abstracts.


Preliminary Program

The topics and speakers for the conference sessions are displayed below (italics denote discussion leaders). The Conference Chair is currently developing their detailed program, which will include the complete meeting schedule, as well as the talk titles for all speakers. The detailed program will be available by March 19, 2015. Please check back for updates.

  • Autoimmunity in Pancreatic Disorders
    (Piero Marchetti / Decio Eizirik / Suresh Chari)
  • Pancreatic Cell Identity
    (Matthias Hebrok / Lori Sussel / Francesca Spagnoli / Heiko Lickert)
  • Adaption of Beta Cells to Hyperglycemia
    (Anke Schulte / Yuval Dor / Rohit Kulkarni / Domenico Accili)
  • Inflammation in Pancreatic Diseases
    (Fred Gorelick / Minoti Apte / Lisa Coussens / Gregory Beatty)
  • News on Endocrine and Exocrine Secretion
    (Susumo Seino / Herbert Gaisano / Tetsuro Izumi)
  • Genomics and Genetics of Pancreatic Diseases
    (Tom Wilkie / Andrew Biankin / Andrew Hattersley / Teresa Brentnall)
  • Pancreas Development and Pancreatic Diseases
    (Christopher Wright / Steven Leach / Maike Sander / Mike German)
  • Molecular Insight into Pancreatic Cancer
    (Dafna Bar-Sagi / Marco Falasca / Michael Hollingsworth / Andrew Rhim)
  • Novel Approaches for Pancreatic Research
    (Howard Crawford / Anne Grapin-Botton / Maureen Anne Gannon / Sunitha Nagrath)

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