Boston Ithaca Islet Club Meeting
The Boston-Ithaca Islet Club was founded in 1992 when there was a clear desire for closer interactions and collaborations between islet researchers in Boston and Ithaca, principally at that time, the laboratories of Susan Bonner-Weir (Harvard University), Chris Boyd (Tufts University), Barbara Corkey (Boston University), Gordon Weir (Harvard University) and Geoffrey Sharp (Cornell University). Thus on April 3rd, 1993 the first meeting was held. Remarkably, over 70 people participated in the meeting. Since then meetings have been held twice each year in the Spring and the Fall with enthusiastic participation by senior and junior researchers alike. Attendance has ranged from over 70 (the first meeting) to a maximum of 110, with the usual being between 80 and 100. Participation in the meetings has expanded from the founding group in Boston and Ithaca and now includes regular participation by groups from Buffalo NY, Montreal, Toronto and Quebec (Canada), New Haven CT, Syracuse NY, Washington DC, New York NY, Worcester MA and occasional participants from Philadelphia
PA, Richmond, VA and other places. Clearly, the club is filling a real need.
The goals of the club have been constant from the outset. In 1992 we determined that our goals should include “…informal presentation of research, free sharing of ideas and current data, the development of research collaborations and general good fellowship.” All of these have been achieved. In addition, the club has emphasized the development of young researchers. At our meetings, new and unpublished data are discussed freely and young researchers present their findings to a critical yet friendly and supportive audience. As a direct result of these meetings, collaborative research efforts have blossomed.
The next meeting of the Boston Ithaca Islet Club will be April 8-9, 2017 at Yale University in New Haven, CT. Hotel accommodations information is below. If you are on the mailing list, you will receive an email once these updates occur.
Rooms at the New Haven Hotel for $149/night have been reserved for both Friday and Saturday night. In order to get the group rate, guests must contact the reservations line at 1-800-644-6835 to make their reservations using the group code "Islet Club". This code will not be valid for online bookings and can only be used through the central reservations line listed above.
For more information: http://isletclub.org/home
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