11th Australian Islet Study Group Meeting

30 November 2018

Registrations are now open!

Our international guest speaker for the conference is Professor Anna L. Gloyn, Oxford Centre for Diabetes Endocrinology and Metabolism, The University of Oxford.

Our national guest speakers are:

-          Professor Maria Craig, The Children’s Hospital at Westmead/University of New South Wales

-          A/Prof Shane Grey, Garvan Institute of Medical Research

-          A/Prof Harald Janovjak, Monash University

-          A/Prof Sof Andrikopoulos, The University of Melbourne


Abstract submission has been extended until 16 November.

Abstracts must be sent to Dr Viviane Delghingaro-Augusto. The format for abstracts is as follows:

A4 (portrait); 2.5 cm margins; Times New Roman size 12; single-spaced; 500 words max; abstract title in bold.

State all authors, with presenting author's name underlined. Please indicate if the presenting author is a young investigator (PhD student or Postdoctoral fellow less than 5 years post PhD graduation).

State full first and last names and affiliation details.

Abstract layout to be organised with the following sections: Background/Objectives/Methods/Results/Conclusions.

Below the abstract, please indicate your presentation format of choice (poster or talk) and state the name and contact details of submitting author.

You will receive a confirmation email after submission.

The Committee will review all submitted abstracts. Notification regarding abstract acceptance and scheduling will be sent to the submitting author.



30 November 2018
Time Session
9.00 am
Registration/morning tea/poster viewing
9.50 am
10.00 am
Keynote #1 - New insights into enterovirus infection in the beta cell - role of NGS
10.30 am
Session #1 - XBP1 is required for β-cell compensation during metabolic stress
Kailun Lee
10.45 am
Session #1 - Development of a novel gene expression-based high throughput screening approach for the identification of β-cell protective drugs
Smithamol Sithara
11.00 am
Session #1 - Reducing pancreatic islet inflammation following transplantation using the JAK inhibitor ruxolitinib
Evan Pappas
11.15 am
Session #1 - Circulating platelet-neutrophil aggregates represent a peripheral biomarker of Type 1 Diabetes development in NOD mice
A/Prof Charmaine Simeonovic
11.30 am
Morning tea
12.00 pm
Keynote #2 - Unravelling mechanisms for Islet Dysfunction in diabetes from GWAS
1.00 pm
Lunch/poster viewing
2.00 pm
Keynote #3 - Genetic control of islet inflammation
2.30 pm
Session #2 - 3D analysis of the structural and functional endocrine cell architecture in human pancreatic islets
Dr Louise Cotte
2.45 pm
Session #2 - Beta cell lipotoxicity: beyond the usual players
Prof Trevor Biden
3.00 pm
Session #2 - Antigen-specific immunotherapy for type 1 diabetes
Dr Emma Hamilton-Williams
3.15 pm
Session #2 - Polymer biofunctionalisation to enhance a microenvironment for β-cell encapsulation
Jason Tong
3.30 pm
Afternoon tea
4.00 pm
Keynote #4 - Synthetic physiology: Optical control of islet cell signalling
4.30 pm
Keynote #5 - Finding novel genes for beta cell dysfunction and type 2 diabetes - a collaborative cross approach
5.15 pm
Awards and presentations
5.30 pm
Drinks and canapes

Registration through Eventbrite.

  • Student registration: AUD 79.48
  • Full registration: AUD 178.96

The John Curtin School of Medical Research, Building 131 Garran Road, The Australian National University


Special rates have been offered by QT Canberra and University House.

QT Canberra

QT King/Twin - $199.00 per night

QT Superior King - $229.00 per night

QT Junior Suite - $299.00 per night

To access your special rates please visit www.qthotelsandresorts.com/private-page/corporate-group-bookings/

  1. Select QT Canberra enter your dates and number of people
  2. In the ‘Block Code’ field enter your Block Code: JCMR3011
  4. Your special rates will appear on the rates screen
  5. Rates valid from 29th November – 1st December inclusive

University House

Twin Rooms (2 single sized beds) $135 per night

Queen Suites (1 queen sized bed) $152 per night

In order to receive the discounted rate guests can either call us on 02-6125-5275 or 02-6125-5276, or they can email the accommodations team on accommodation.unihouse@anu.edu.au. Guests will need to mention the group name of JCSMR. Rates are subject to hotel general availability.


AISG 2018 Organisation Committee
Professor Christopher Nolan
Associate Professor Charmaine Simeonovic
Dr Viviane Delghingaro-Augusto

Dr Viviane Delghingaro-Augusto
+61 2 6125 6784