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Research Conferences are held weekly for one hour on Thursdays covering a wide range of topics in molecular and cellular research, organ physiology, and clinical research. Speakers include the faculty and staff of the Metabolism, Endocrinology and Diabetes (MEND) Division, University of Michigan researchers performing endocrinology-related work, and invited visiting guest speakers. Drs. Ernesto Bernal-Mizrachi, Elif Oral, and Rodica Pop-Busui organize the MEND research conference series.

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During the academic year, this conference is held:

Fridays, 3:00-4:00 pm
(*unless otherwise noted)

Brehm Tower, 5th Floor
Cure Room, Room #5050
1000 Wall Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48105


October 3, 2014

Malcolm J. Low, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor of Physiology and Internal Medicine
Department of Molecular & Integrative Physiology
“Hypothalamic pro-opiomelanocortin neurons are essential for control of energybalance and glucose homeostasis”

October 10, 2014

Adolfo Garcia-Ocana, Ph.D.
Professor of Medicine
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism Institute
Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Bone Diseases
“Regulation of pancreatic beta cell replication: Looking for signals in
the intracellular roads”

October 17, 2014

No Conference due to the Lipodystrophy Symposium

October 24, 2014

Maureen Gannon, Ph.D.
Vice Chair for Faculty Development and
Associate Professor of Medicine
Associate Professor of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics, and
Cell and Developmental Biology
DRTC, Director of Enrichment, Training and Outreach
“Strategies to enhance adult beta cell proliferation and regeneration”

October 31, 2014

Cristen J. Willer, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Division of Cardiovascular Medicine
Department of Internal Medicine
Department of Human Genetics
Department of Computational Medicine and Bioinformatics
“Understanding the genetic basis of cardiovascular disease and related risk factors”


Access our NEW U-M Diabetes Events Calendar to view upcoming diabetes lectures and symposia!

For additional scientific events, please see our MEND educational events page.