The present application concerns the 1999 Annual Meeting of the European Association for the Diabetes (EASD) Islet Study Group. This 3-day meeting will take place in Durbuy (Belgium) from October 2 to 4, 1999. It includes a keynote (State-of-the-Art Lecture) presentation by Dr. R.Unger (Dallas, Texas), 12 lectures by invited speakers, a poster session (80 posters expected) and 2 poster discussion sessions (for 8 selected poster presentations). It will be attended by no more than 100 active participants. The field of pancreatic islet research is most relevant to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diabetes mellitus, a disease that affects several hundred of million of patients in the world.
In this field, the contribution of European scientists exceeds that of other continents, including North America. It is the sole international conference specifically devoted to pancreatic islet research. It will give the opportunity to young researchers both to present and discuss their work and to be informed on the most recent findings in this multidisciplinary and rapidly evolving field of biomedical research. Moreover, it will also favour interaction between academia and pharmaceutical industry. It is, by tradition, a conference of the highest scientific level allowing extensive exchange of information and planning of collaborative work mainly, but not exclusively, between European scientists, that are indeed leaders in this field.