5th NIH/Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Workshop--Imaging the Pancreatic Beta Cell

Natcher Auditorium, NIH Campus, Bethesda, MD

This workshop is part of on-going programs 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 important recent work in support of islet/beta cell imaging and cutting-edge beta cell biology that could inform the effort to visualize the beta cell.

  • Imaging beta cell function and mass
  • Imaging islet inflammation and beta cell stress: What causes diabetes? What keeps us from curing it?
  • Imaging cellular therapies to treat diabetes
  • 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


  • 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)

Registration is free.