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2017 Mid-Atlantic Diabetes Research Symposium

2017 Mid-Atlantic Diabetes Research Symposium

10/13/2017 7:30 AM
10/13/2017 4:30 PM

Program Content

Samuel W. Cushman, Ph.D.
T: 443-956-5021

Meeting Logistics

John Hare, M.S., CMP, CGMP
The Scientific Consulting Group, Inc.
T: 301-670-4990
Lister Hill Auditorium

Event Details


The 2017 Annual Mid-Atlantic Diabetes Research Symposium is co-sponsored by the Diabetes, Endocrinology, and Obesity Branch (DEOB) at the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), National Institutes of Health (NIH); the Mid-Atlantic Nutrition Obesity Research Center (NORC) at the Department of Medicine, University of Maryland; the Johns Hopkins University-University of Maryland Diabetes Research Center (JHU-UMD-DRC); and the Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences (FAES) at the NIH.

Meeting Objectives

The purposes of this meeting are to encourage collaborations and enhance interactions at the regional level through the sharing of both reagents and expertise.

Organizing Committee

Sam Cushman
Marc Reitman
Mehboob Hussain
Carol Haft
Kristina Rother
Artie Sherman
Ranganath Muniyappa
Sushil Rane
Connie Noguchi
Simeon Taylor

Registration Deadline

October 12, 2017​​​​​

If your schedule permits arriving a day early, the NIDDK is also hosting The Interface of Pancreatic Cancer with Diabetes, Obesity, and Inflammation: Research Gaps and Opportunities Workshop on October 12 at the same location.​​​​​​


October 13, 2017

7:30 a.m. – 8:20 a.m. Registration and Poster Setup
8:20 a.m. – 12:05 a.m. Morning Session
Chair: Jesse Roth, M.D., Former Scientific Director, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)
8:20 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Introductory Remarks
Jesse Roth, M.D., NIDDK
8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Regulation of Glucose Metabolism: Evidence for Direct Effects of Surgery on the β-Cell
David D’Alessio, M.D., Duke University School of Medicine
9:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. Short Talk: SOX9 Regulates Important Epithelial Genes in Pancreatic Progenitors
Hannah Edelman, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
9:15 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Short Talk: TMEM16A Chloride Channel Regulates β-cell Function in the Process of Repolarization
M Changhong Li, Ph.D., The Chil​dren’s Hospital of Philadelphia
9:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. CTRP Family of Hormones and Metabolic Control
William Wong, Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
10:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. Short Talk: Glucose Signaling and the Regulation of Liver Metabolism
Rebecca Gelfer, University of Pennsylvania
10:15 a.m. – 10:20 a.m. Welcoming Remarks
Griffin P. Rodgers, M.D., M.A.C.P., Director, NIDDK
10:20 a.m. – 10:50 a.m. Break and Poster Discussion
10:50 a.m. – 11:05 a.m. Short Talk: High-Fat Diet–Induced Glucose Intolerance, but Not Skeletal Muscle Insulin Resistance, Is Worse in Female Mice Compared to Males
Carol Witczak, Ph.D., East Carolina University
11:05 a.m. – 11:35 a.m. Why Is Fat Important? Understanding Biology through the Study of Rare Diseases
Rebecca Brown, M.D., NIDDK
11:35 a.m. – 12:05 p.m. Poster Blitz
Chair: Mehboob Hussain, M.D., Johns Hopkins Medical Institute

Insulin Resistance Alters Functional Overload–Induced Increases in Glucose Metabolism, but Not Glucose Uptake, in Mouse Skeletal Muscle
Luke Weyrauch, M.S.

Oxidized Neutral Lipid Lipolysis as a Novel Regulator of Insulin Signaling During Acute Stress
Katelyn Ahern

Role of Beta-Arrestin-1 in Sulfonylurea-Induced Insulin Secretion from Pancreatic Beta-Cells
Luiz Barella, Ph.D.

Skeletal Muscle Beta-2 Adrenergic Receptors Regulate a Metabolic Switch That Improves Whole-Body Glucose Homeostasis
Derek Bone, Ph.D.

Erythropoietin in the Brain Reduces High-Fat Diet–Induced Microglial Activation and Regulates Glucose Metabolism
Soumyadeep Dey, Ph.D.

Use of Modified Human Mesenchymal Stromal Cells Improves Glucose Homeostasis
Cleyton Domingues, Ph.D.

Characterization of Diabetes-Related Phenotypes in a Zebrafish Model of Alström Syndrome
Jessica Dunleavey, Ph.D.

LOX-1 Blockade Improves Macrophage Biology in Atherosclerosis
Ranjitha Gaddipati, M.S.

Interaction of Exocrine and Endocrine Pancreas in Obesity Ciliopathies
Timothy Hostelley

Amylin Enhances the Blood Glucose–Lowering Effects of Insulin in Zucker Diabetic Fatty Rats as Detailed by Real-Time Continuous Glucose Monitoring
Victor Howard

Co-administration of a GLP-1 Receptor Agonist and Obeticholic Acid Activates Thermogenesis and Induces Synergistic Body Weight Loss and Hepatic Lipid Reduction in Diet-Induced Obese Mice
Hani Jouihan, Ph.D.

Targeted Drug Discovery and Development, from Molecular Signaling to the Global Market and Back Again, an NIDDK-Supported Educational Program at NYU School of Medicine; the 5-Year Metrics
Gloria Lee

Changes in Gut Microbiome After Medical Versus Surgical Weight Loss in a Randomized Trial
Clare Lee, M.D., M.H.S.

Effects of Metreleptin on Proteinuria in Patients with Lipodystrophy
Ho Lim Lee

Novel Activating Mutations of Glucokinase and Its Role in Regulation of Islet Function
Changhong Li, M.D., Ph.D.

Chronic Muscle Loading-Induced Glucose Uptake Is Not Dependent on GLUT4
Shawna McMillin, M.S.

An Investigation of Small Worldness in Pancreatic Islets
Bradford Peercy, Ph.D.

Inhibiting Adipose Tissue Lipolysis Improves Glucose Homeostasis During Acute Adrenergic Stress
Vidisha Raje, Ph.D.
12:05 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Lunch and Poster Discussion
2:00 p.m. – 4:30 a.m. Alpha Cell to Beta Cell Transdifferentiation and Autoimmunity
George Gittes, M.D., University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Team-based Research Planning Session and Working Lunch
2:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. Short Talk: Intestinal Virome Changes Precede Autoimmunity in Type I Diabetes–Susceptible Children
Guoyan Zhao, Ph.D., Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine
2:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Short Talk: The Phosphatidic Acid-Binding, Polybasic Domain Is Responsible for the Differences in the Phosphoregulation of Lipins 1 and 3
Salome Boroda, Ph.D., University of Virginia
3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Break and Poster Discussion
3:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. Short Talk: Differentiation of Primary Mouse Preadipocytes into Adipose Tissue in a Microfluidic Chip
Abhinav Bhushan, Ph.D., Illinois Institute of Technology
3:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Short Talk: Deletion of Prkar2a, with Its Exclusive Habenular Brain Expression, Confers Obesity Resistance through Decreased Hedonic Behavior and Increased Drive for Voluntary Exercise
Edra London, Ph.D., Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
4:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Insights from Rare Diseases: Exploring Diabetes in the Obesity Ciliopathies
Norann Zaghloul, Ph.D., University of Maryland School of Medicine
4:30 p.m. Adjournment and Poster Removal


Travel Arrangements

Participants are responsible for making their own travel arrangements. If you decide to extend your stay to take advantage of lower fares, DC-area attractions are only a short distance from the suggested hotels. For a list of local hotels, please view the Bethesda hotel map.

NIH Visitor Information 

Information on visiting the NIH, campus maps, shuttle schedules, driving directions, security, and more can be found on the NIH Visitor Information page.​​​


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Participants in the 2017 Mid-Atlantic Diabetes Research Symposium—co-sponsored by the Diabetes, Endocrinology, and Obesity Branch at the NIDDK; the Mid-Atlantic Nutrition Obesity Research Center (NORC) at the Department of Medicine, University of Maryland School of Medicine; and the Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences—are encouraged to submit abstracts of their research activities. In addition to an opportunity to present their research in a poster session, conference attendees will find additional career development and networking opportunities with other researchers.

Submission Deadline

September 15, 2017

Submitting Abstracts

All abstracts must be submitted via email to John Hare of The Scientific Consulting Group, Inc. at jhare@scgcorp.com with “Mid-Atlantic Abstract” in the subject line. Abstract submissions should be no longer than 250 words (not including name and affiliation). Click here to download the template.

Abstract Organization

Organize the body of the abstract as follows:

  1. Statement of the purpose of the study/program/project
  2. Statement of the methods used
  3. Summary of the results presented in sufficient detail to support the conclusion
  4. Statement of the conclusions reached

Formatting Requirements

Please follow the instructions below to format an abstract. (Note: Submissions will not be edited for spelling or grammar and will be accepted “as is.”)

  1. The abstract should be an MS Word document typed single-spaced using Times New Roman font. Everything but the title should be in normal, 12-point font.
    1. The abstract’s title should be Bold, 16-Point, Title Case font and should clearly represent the nature of the investigation.
    2. On the line after the title, list the author’s first and last names, degree, affiliation, city, state, and country.
    3. Separate multiple authors with a semicolon, and underline the primary author’s name (one primary author per abstract).
    4. Use one blank line between the title and the body of the abstract and between paragraphs.
    5. The abstract file name should follow this format: primary author’s LastName_FirstWordOfTitle (e.g., Zucker_Effects).
  2. Please ensure that your abstract is the correct length and use 1-inch margins
  3. Use of standard abbreviations is desirable (e.g., RBC), as well as standard symbols for units of measure (e.g., kg, g, mg, mL, L, and %). Place a special or unusual abbreviation in parentheses after the full word the first time that it appears. Use numerals to indicate numbers except to begin sentences. Do not use subtitles (e.g., Methods, Results).
  4. Simple tables or graphs may be included; however, they must fit within the designated abstract space of one page.
Poster Presentations

Poster presentations will be displayed on 4-foot-high by 6-foot-wide poster boards. Pushpins and Velcro will be provided onsite.

Space will be available for up to 40 posters.

All presenters must register in advance for the conference.​​


  • 8600 Rockville Pike
  • NIH Building 38A
  • MD 20894



Program Content

Samuel W. Cushman, Ph.D.
T: 443-956-5021

Meeting Logistics

John Hare, M.S., CMP, CGMP
The Scientific Consulting Group, Inc.
T: 301-670-4990