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Australian Islet Study group meeting

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The Australian Islet Study group meeting will focus on findings in islet development, physiology, pathophysiology, genetics and metabolism that may lead to the discovery and development of new treatments and/or a cure for diabetes.

Event details

The meeting will start with a plenary on Friday evening and continue all-day Saturday with a mix of invited speakers and talks selected from abstract submissions. Morning tea and lunch will be provided on Saturday 2 September.

1 - 2 September 2017
5 pm Friday; 9 am to 4 pm Saturday
Harry Perkins Institute, 6 Verdun St, Nedlands WA 6009
Researchers: $150 | Students: $75 | Speaker or Organiser: $0

Registrations close 18 August 2017.
Abstracts to be submitted by 18 August 2017 to Andrea Johnson.

Keynote speakers

‘Glucagon secretion: the alpha cell in health and disease’
Professor Patrik Rorsman, University of Oxford, UK

‘The beta cell in health and type 2 diabetes’
Professor Michele Solimena, Universitaetsklinikum Dresden, Germany


Professor Sof Andrikopoulos (University Melbourne, VIC)
‘Metabolic regulation of insulin secretion and weight control and type 2 diabetes’

Associate Professor Ross Laybutt (Garvan Institute, NSW)
‘Failure of the adaptive unfolded protein response during progression of type 2 diabetes’

Professor Trevor Biden (Garvan Institute, Sydney)
‘The roles of macrophages in beta cell adaptation and failure’

Dr Andrew Sutherland (St Vincent’s Institute of Medical Research, Melbourne, VIC)
‘IL-17 induced mechanisms of inflammation and dysfunction in pancreatic islets’

Dr Hani Al-Salami (Curtin University, WA)
‘Biotechnological advancement in islet-polymer interaction, tissue vascularisation and engineering, and nanofabrication of hydrogels suitable for islet-delivery in Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus’

Mr Sherman Leung (The University of Queensland, QLD)
‘Islet AGER expression associates with regulatory T cell genes and pathways in individuals diagnosed with type 1 diabetes’

Associate Professor Vance Mathews (University of WA)
‘Potential role of the sympathetic nervous system in regulation of the sodium glucose co-transporter-2’

Professor Marco Falasca (Curtin University, WA)
‘Lysophosphatidylinositol Signalling and Metabolic Diseases’

Dr Jose A Caparrós-Martín (Curtin University, WA)
‘Statin therapy causes gut dysbiosis in mice through a PXR-dependent mechanism’

Miss Wan Jun Gan (Jun) (University of Sydney, NSW)
‘Study of spatial targeting of insulin secretion in beta cells using improved multi-protein micropatterned surface’

Organising committee

  • Professor Philip Newsholme
  • Associate Professor Cyril Mamotte
  • Professor Marco Falasca
  • Dr Kevin Keane
  • Dr Rodrigo Carlessi

Image: Pancreatic islet
Photographer: Rodrigo Carlessi