International Pancreas and Islet Transplant Association Update
The IPITA Council has been working on a number of initiatives aimed at strengthening our organisation, and ensuring that IPITA fully meets the needs of its members. One of our main focuses for 2013 is the forthcoming IPITA Congress being held in Monterey, California from 24–27 September.
The Congress is a joint venture between IPITA, TTS, and the University of California, San Francisco. Under the Chairmanship of Dr. Peter Stock, the Congress Program Committee has been working hard to put in place a cutting edge program that encompasses all that is state of the art in the fields of whole pancreas and islet transplantation. Plenary sessions have been planned to ensure that the Congress is relevant and stimulating for both basic-scientists and clinicians from all disciplines linked to beta-cell replacement. The IPITA Council has been particularly keen to bring the whole pancreas and islet transplant communities closer together enabling collaborative approaches to individualized patient care, and also to ensure that IPITA remains relevant to the next generation of leaders in our fields. These themes are central to the Congress. In an attempt to ensure that as many trainees / junior scientists can present their work optimally at the meeting (rather than the usual situation at Congresses of them having to stand in isolation by a poster board!), we have scrapped posters for this congress and instead have introduced a number of different types of oral presentation. The deadline for abstract submission is June 3, 2013.
The city of Monterey, California is conducive for hosting a highly successful meeting. Situated on one of the most spectacular coastlines in the world, it is the perfect setting for combining great science with an opportunity to catch up with old friends and to meet new ones. The main social networking event will be held on the evening of the 26th of September at the world-renowned Monterey Aquarium, a perfect environment for such an occasion. We would like to encourage you all to make plans to join us for what certainly will be a truly outstanding and memorable Congress.