The goal is to foster greater communication and interaction between pancreatic islet cell biology investigators within the Midwest region. The meeting will be composed of both senior and junior investigators, with exclusively students, postdoctoral fellows and newly independent investigators serving as speakers. The exception is the keynote talk established in memory of the late Dr. Paul Lacy, who pioneered pancreatic islet isolation and transplantation in St. Louis.
Abstracts are due by March 24, 2017. Click here to submit an abstract (abstract submission guidelines are available).
The conference will be held at Union South on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus.
Alan D. Attie, Ph.D.
Jack Gorski Professor of Biochemistry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison
Dr. Attie is the Jack Gorski Professor of Biochemistry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has spent his entire career at the UW. His initial research focus was on lipid and lipoprotein metabolism, including seminal discoveries in the regulation of LDL. Over the past 15 years, his lab has characterized a novel mouse model of type 2 diabetes, the BTBR ob/ob mouse. Using this model, Dr. Attie has used exquisite genetic studies and gene expression screens to identify key regulators of beta-cell mass and beta-cell function. With an unbiased approach to discovering diabetes susceptibility loci, his lab has initiated numerous new pathways of investigation in the beta-cell and launched the careers of several highly productive islet biologists.
The finalized conference schedule will be posted when available. The conference will begin with lunch on Wednesday, May 24th, presentations will begin at approximately 1 pm. The conference will end with dinner, awards ceremony and entertainment late evening on Thursday, May 25th. Please plan return travel home for May 26th.
Presentations selected from submitted abstracts will communicate the latest in cutting-edge pancreatic islet beta-cell research in relevance to both type-1 and -2 diabetes. The hope of the organizing committee is that the participation of the roughly 150 islet investigators will result in greater collaborations among individuals and their supporting groups.
Towards this end, funds have been raised to provide awards for the top three oral and poster presentations given by young investigators, postdoctoral fellows or students.
We would like to thank our local supporters, regional Diabetes Research Centers , as well as industry and foundation supporters:
Comfortable and affordable amenities
Wisconsin Union Hotel
1308 W Dayton St.
Madison, WI 53715
This hotel is in the same building as the meeting. No direct online booking is available but please use group code over the phone or on the website for availability. Simply enter it in the group code field prior to searching availability for the dates wanted. Reservations can be made by calling 608-263-2600 and mention group code 10Annual or group name 10th Annual Midwest Islet Club. The rate is $151 a night. Complimentary parking at the Union South is available for hotel guests only. There is no airport shuttle service from this hotel.
There are 10 rooms the night of May 23rd and 25 rooms on May 24th and May 25th. Reservations must be made by April 24, 2017 to guarantee the special rate.
610 Langdon Street
Madison, WI 53703-1104
This hotel is a less expensive option at $105 per night. It is farther from the venue but right downtown! See information about free Campus Bus Service. You may book online or if making a reservation over the phone by call 608-256-2621, please use the group code "ISLET". Please note your room block will be released four weeks prior to the arrival date.
There are 15 rooms held for this conference on May 24th and May 25th. Please book by April 25th to ensure access to this room block.
DoubleTree by Hilton Madison
525 West Johnson StreetMadison, WI, 53703
This hotel is a 15 minute walk to the meeting location at the Union. You may book online or call the hotel at 608-251-5511 and use reference code MIC.. The rate is $149 a night. Complimentary parking for one vehicle is available as well as a free airport shuttle service.
We have 35 rooms on May 24 and May 25th. Reservations must be made by April 28, 2017 to guarantee the special rate.
Click here for directions from the Double Tree Hotel to the conference venue.
601 Langdon Street
Madison, WI 53703-1104
This hotel is also farther from conference site, but right near downtown! This is a boutique hotel with a uniquely Madison style. Free city bus routes can be used to travel to/from this hotel and the conference site. The rate is $169 per night. Parking at this hotel is $12/night. A complimentary shuttle service is provided based on availability. Contact the hotel for more information or book online.
Currently we have 15 rooms reserved for May 24th and May 25th.
The conference will be held right in the heart of UW-Madison campus at Union South. This 5 year old building provides state of the art conference services and a comfortable, campus environment. Hotel rooms are available right on site (see Union Hotel above). Indoor and outdoor spaces, including the Marquee Cinema, Varsity Hall, and outdoor terrace will provide a perfect environment for lectures, poster sessions, meals and socializing to build connections. The lectures will be held in the Marquee Cinema (inside Union South), but poster sessions and meals will be in other areas of the union.