Invited International Speakers
Associate Professor James Johnson is the Head of the Laboratory of Molecular Signalling in Diabetes at the University of British Columbia, Canada. His laboratory has extensive technical expertise and investigates many facets of islet biology, including molecules that promote beta-cell survival and regulate beta-cell differentiation, and calcium-dependent signal transduction in beta-cells. In addition, he has investigated the role of insulin and insulin-signalling in obesity, Alzheimer’s Disease and pancreatic cancer.
Associate Professor Shahidul Islam is a research team leader in the Department of Clinical Science and Education at the Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm. His group studies the molecular mechanisms of signal transduction in the islet cells, with a focus on calcium signaling and ion channels, in the context of the pathogenesis, prevention and treatment of diabetes.
Professor Susan Ozanne is a Professor of Developmental Endocrinology and a British Heart Foundation Senior Fellow at the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom. Her work is focused upon “nutritional programming”, the impact of growth and nutrition during fetal and neonatal life on an individual’s long-term health, including the risk of diseases such as type 2 diabetes.
Professor Michael Walker is a laboratory head within the Department of Biological Chemistry at the Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel. His lab is focused upon 1) the mechanisms underlying the embryonic development of beta cells both in vivo and in vitro and 2) the transcriptional and post-transcriptional mechanisms that permit beta cells to fulfill their role of releasing insulin in response to physiological needs.