Support is requested for a Keystone Symposia conference entitled Islet Biology: From Gene to Cell to Micro-
Organ, organized by Drs. Patrick MacDonald, Wen-hong Li, Anna Gloyn and Anette-Gabriele Ziegler. The
conference will be held in Santa Fe, New Mexico from January 27-31, 2020.
Recent years have seen great strides in understanding pancreatic endocrine islet cells. Spurred by new and
emerging technologies, we are making discoveries about the impact of genetic variation on islet cells; how islet
cell subpopulations differ; communication between islet cells and with the local environment, including
components of the immune system; and how these interact to effect islet loss and dysfunction. A more
integrated understanding of these processes will lead to important insights into diabetes and its treatment.
Connecting researchers in the complimentary fields of genomics, immunology, islet cell function, and single-
cell biology will be crucial to realizing this. One of the goals of this Keystone conference is to promote greater
integration in our approaches to studying islet biology - spanning from genes, to single cells, to islets as micro-
organs, and to the interaction of these with their local environment. Conference participants will learn about
new methods and technological approaches among islet-biology investigators. This conference will also help
to facilitate the development of new collaborations among attendees. We anticipate that this conference will
highlight the challenges and potential new solutions in bringing integrated approaches to islet biology for the
advancement of diabetes-related knowledge.