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Plenary Lecture (11:00 am)
Session 1: Diabetes complications: New biomarkers and drug targets (11:55 am to 1:55 pm)
Session 2: Personalized medicine in future diabetes care (2:15 pm to 4:15 pm)

Oral Presentations (4:35 pm)
Presentation of Rachmiel Levine Scientific Achievement Awards and Dinner Lecture (6:00 pm)

Session 1: Epigenetics of diabetes (8:00 am to 10:00 am)

Session 2: Obesity and inflammation (10:20 am to 12:20 pm)

Session 3: Metabolism and inflammation (1:30 pm to 3:30 pm)
Debate: Can adult human beta cells proliferate? (3:50 pm to 5:00 pm)
Plenary Lecture (5:00 pm to 5:35 pm)
Poster Session (5:35 pm)

Session 1: Lessons from human insulinoma for beta cell regeneration (8:00 am to 10:00 am)
Session 2: Novel molecules that induce human beta cell replication (10:20 am to 12:20 pm)

Session 3: Reprogramming islet cells to beta cells (1:30 pm to 3:30 pm)
Session 4: The stressful life of the diabetic cell (3:50 pm to 5:50 pm)
Debate (6:10 pm to 7:20 pm)

Session 1: Biomarkers (8:00 am to 10:00 am)
Session 2: Diabetes technology updates (10:20 am to 12:20 pm)

Session 3: Novel approaches to understanding and treating hypoglycemia (12:40 pm to 2:40 pm)
Plenary Lecture (2:40 pm to 3:15 pm)

March 13, 2013 Schedule

Session 1: Diabetic complications (8:00 am to 10:00 am)
Rama Natarajan, Ph.D.( City of Hope , Duarte, CA)

Advanced glycation: AGE – RAGE and diabetic vascular complications
Ann Marie Schmidt, M.D.(Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons, New York, NY)

Stem cell approaches for vascular repair in diabetic retinopathy
Maria B. Grant, M.D.(University of Florida, Gainesville, FL)

Systems biology of diabetic kidney disease: Lessons learnt from animal and human models
Matthias Kretzler, M.D.(University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI)

Advances in drugs and drug targets for diabetic vascular complications, to ACE or ARB?
Mark Cooper, MBBS, Ph.D., FRACP(Baker ID Heart and Diabetes Institute, Melbourne Australia)

Plenary Lecture (10:15 am to 10:45 am)
Developing a combination cell therapy and delivery device for insulin-dependent diabetes
Eugene Brandon,Ph.D.(Viacyte, San Diego, CA)

Session 2:Clinical trials for type 1 diabetes(11:00 am to 1:00 pm)
Matthias von Herrath, M.D. (La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology, La Jolla, CA)

Optimal trial design in T1D
Richard Insel, M.D. (JDRF, New York, NY)

All recent-onset trials look the same, or do they?
David Harlan, M.D. (University of Massachusetts School of Medicine, Worcester, MA)

Anti-cytokine therapies overall
Mario Ehlers, M.D., Ph.D.(Immune Tolerance Network, San Francisco, CA)

High dose oral insulin in babies
Ezio Bonifacio, Ph.D.(DFG-Center for Regenerative Therapies Dresden, Dresden, Germany)

Session 3: Artificial pancreas (2:15 pm to 4:15 pm)
Howard Zisser, M.D. (Sansum Diabetes Research Institute, Santa Barbara, CA)

System and control engineering for type 1 diabetes
Frank Doyle, Ph.D. (UCSB, Santa Barbara, CA)

The use of an automated glucose control system for overnight glucose control in adolescents with type 1 diabetes
Timothy Jones, M.D. (Princess Margaret Hospital, Perth, Australia)

Intensive insulin therapy using an artificial pancreas with closed-loop system
Kazuhiro Hanazaki, M.D., Ph.D.(Kochi Medical School, Kochi, Japan)

Implantable sensors - Animal data
Daniel Burnett, M.D. (TheraNova, LLC, San Francisco, CA)

Dinner and Presentation of Awards(5:30 pm to 7:00 pm)
Samuel Rahbar, M.D., Ph.D. Memorial Lecture
Fouad Kandeel, M.D., Ph.D. (City of Hope, Duarte, CA)

March 14, 2013 Schedule

Session 1: Epigenetics (8:00 am to 10:00 am)
Rama Natarajan, Ph.D. (City of Hope, Duarte, CA)

Rodent models of epigenetic regulation of insulin resistance and diabetes
Rebecca Simmons, M.D.(Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA)


Epigenomics of development and disease
Dustin Schones, Ph.D. (City of Hope, Duarte, CA)


Epigenetic regulation of alpha vs. beta cells
Anil Bhushan, Ph.D.(UCLA, Los Angeles, CA)

Beyondgenetics: The epigenetic code in chronic diabetic kidney disease
Dominic Raj, M.D. (George Washington University, Washington, DC)

Plenary Lecture (10:15 am to 10:45 am)
FoXO1, insulin action and metabolic effects
Domenico Accili, M.D.(Columbia University, New York, NY)

Session 2:Diabetes and the gut microbiome (11:00 am to 12:35 pm)
Olle Korsgren, M.D., Ph.D. (Uppsala University Hospital, Uppsala, Sweden)


Bacteria reflux talk contributing to T1D
Olle Korsgren, M.D.,Ph.D.(Uppsala University Hospital, Uppsala, Sweden)


Fecal transplant talk – bridging T1D and T2D
Max Nieuwdorp, M.D., Ph.D.(Academic Medical Center-UvA, Amsterdam, The Netherlands)


Stopping autoimmune disease in type 1 diabetes: Exploiting the gut immune system
Chantal Mathieu, M.D., Ph.D. (Katholieke Universiteit, Leuven, Belgium)

Session 3: Islet imaging (2:00 pm to 4:00 pm)
Al Powers, M.D.(Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN)


The status of human beta cell specific monoclonal antibodies
Markus Grompe, M.D. (Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, OR)

Bioluminescent imaging of human pancreas islets
Jack Virostko, Ph.D.(Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN)


Beta cell-specific imaging with zinc probes
A. Dean Sherry, Ph.D.(UT Southwestern, Dallas, TX)


VMAT2 ligand imaging of human beta cells in vivo
Gary Cline, Ph.D.(Yale University, New Haven, CT)


Poster Session (4:00 pm to 6:00 pm)




March 15, 2013 Schedule

Session 1: Glucose metabolism , beta cell biology and cancer (8:00 am to 10:00 am)
David Harlan, M.D. (University of Massachusetts School of Medicine, Worcester, MA)


PTEN at the intersection of diabetes and cancer
Bangyan Stiles, Ph.D.(USC, Los Angeles, CA)


Glucose metabolism, ChREBP and proliferation in the beta cell
Donald Scott, Ph.D. (University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA)

The putative association between glargine insulin and cancer
James Meigs, M.D. (Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA)


RLIP76, a glutathione-conjugate transporter, plays a major role in cancer and the metabolic syndrome
Sanjay Awasthi, M.D. ( City of Hope , Duarte, CA)

Plenary lecture (10:15 am to 10:45 am)
Dysfunctional hematopoietic cells mediate chronic diabetic complications
Lawrence Chan, M.D. (Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX)


Session 2: Reversal of autoimmunity and transplantation tolerance (11:00 am to 1:00 pm)
Bart Roep, M.D., Ph.D.(Leiden University Medical Center, Leiden, The Netherlands)


Reversal of autoimmunity via induction of mixed chimerism under a radiation-free anti-CD3/CD8 conditioning
Defu Zeng, Ph.D.(City of Hope, Duarte, CA)


Tolerance to organ transplants in humans
Samuel Strober, M.D.(Stanford University, Stanford, CA)


MSCs potential in clinical islet transplantation therapy
Yoko Mullen, M.D., Ph.D. (City of Hope, Duarte, CA)

MSC in T2D
Antonello Pileggi, M.D., Ph.D. (University of Miami, Miami, FL)


Debate: Is there evidence for distinct courses in loss of beta-cell function in T1D?(2:15 pm to 3:15 pm)
Bart Roep, M.D., Ph.D.(Leiden University Medical Center, Leiden, The Netherlands)

Position 1
Carla Greenbaum, M.D. (Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason, Seattle, WA)

Position 2
Kevan Herold, M.D. (Yale University, New Haven, CT)


Inflammation, macrophages and ER stress (3:30 pm to 5:30 pm)
Janice Huss, Ph.D. (City of Hope, Duarte, CA)

Diabetes -accelerated atherosclerosis and inflammation - Revealing the picture one piece at a time
Karin Bornfeldt, Ph.D.(University of Washington, Seattle, WA)


Beta-cell suicide
Feroz Papa, M.D., Ph.D.(UCSF, San Francisco, CA)


Immunologic regulation of adipose tissue function
Anthony W. Ferrante, M.D., Ph.D. (Columbia University, New York, NY)

Regulatory myeloid cells mediated immune suppression vs. inflammation
Shu-Hsia Chen, Ph.D. (Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY)


March 16, 2013 Schedule

Session 1: Human pancreas development (8:00 am to 10:00 am)
Andrew Stewart, M.D. (Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY)


A careful look at human endocrine pancreas development: Part 1
Marcela Brissova, Ph.D. (Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN)


A careful look at human endocrine pancreas development: Part 2
Philip DiIorio, Ph.D. (University of Massachusetts School of Medicine, Worcester, MA)


Endocrine pancreas development in the non-human primate pancreas
Lynley Pound, Ph.D. (Oregon National Primate Research Center, Beaverton, OR)

Development of authentic human beta cell lines
Philippe Ravassard,Ph.D. (ICM-INSERM, Paris, France)

Debate: The beta-cell will be preserved with currently available therapy in type 2 diabetes(10:15 am to 11:15 am)
Robert Vigersky, M.D. (Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Washington, DC)

Position 1
Philip Raskin, M.D. (UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX)

Position 2
John Leahy, M.D. (University of Vermont, Colchester, VT)


Session 2: Clinical controversies in diabetes care (11:30 am to 1:30 pm)
Fouad Kandeel, M.D., Ph.D. (City of Hope, Duarte, CA)


Glycemic control diabetes complications: Implications for care in the post-ACCORD era
David Kendall, M.D. (Lilly Diabetes, Minneapolis, MN)

DCCT/EDIC Research Group update
John M. Lachin, Sc.D. (The George Washington University, Rockville, MD)

Use of bariatric surgery to cure diabetes
Philip Schauer, M.D. (Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH)

Glycemic variability
Robert Vigersky, M.D.(Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Washington, DC)


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