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NIDDK Workshop: Imaging the Pancreatic Beta Cell

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Event Details

Meeting Objectives

This workshop is part of an ongoing program focused on in vivo imaging of islet mass, function, and disease pathogenesis that has been sponsored by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), and the European Union for more than a decade. The workshop will emphasize very cutting-edge beta cell biology that could inform the effort to visualize the beta cell, with an effort to highlight new data, reagents and ideas, new technologies that would be useful, lessons and reagents from neuroscience, and important imaging advances and recent work in islet/beta cell imaging.

Potential Topics

  • What is a beta cell? Transdifferentiation, plasticity, and regeneration; new approaches to locating specific targets and targeting reagents
  • The neuroscience of the islet: neurotransmitter receptors and pathways in the islet, catecholamines, neuroimaging reporters, and beta cell imaging
  • Targeted functional biomarkers and targeted drug therapy
  • Imaging cellular therapies to treat diabetes
  • Imaging islet inflammation and beta cell stress: What causes diabetes? What keeps us from curing it?
  • Imaging beta cell function and mass


  • Alejandro Caicedo (University of Miami)
  • Markus Grompe (Oregon Health and Science University)
  • Olle Korsgren (Uppsala University)
  • Dean Sherry (University of Texas, Dallas and The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center)

Organization Committee

  • Olivier Blondel (NIDDK, NIH)
  • Maren Laughlin (NIDDK, NIH)
  • Antonio Sastre (NIBIB, NIH)
  • Adrianne Wong (JDRF)

Program Committee

  • Gary Cline (Yale University)
  • Martin Gotthardt (Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre, the Netherlands)
  • Paul Harris (Columbia University Medical College)
  • Anna Moore (Massachusetts General Hospital)


  • National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
  • National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering
  • Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation

Event Logistics


Natcher Conference Center
Building 45
National Institutes of Health
Bethesda, MD 20892

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Program Contact
Maren R. Laughlin, Ph.D.
T: 301-594-8802

Meeting Logistics
Michelle Watson
The Scientific Consulting Group, Inc.
T: 301-670-4990

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