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EASD Scientists Training Course 2018

Topic: Practical course to study physiology and physiopathology of pancreatic islets

EASD will hold its 25th Scientists Training Course in Montpellier, France, from Sunday November 11th to Friday November 16th 2018, with the objective of promoting new talents in the field of diabetes research and fostering diabetes research in centers throughout the world.

The Scientists Training Course is open to EASD members who hold some experience in research and who work in an academic environment. Applicants must be able to communicate fluently in English, the language in which the Scientists Training Course will be conducted. A maximum of 16 applicants will be admitted in order to maintain a high level of personalized attention and interaction. Participants are required to attend the course for its entire duration.

Venue and organizers

The 25th Training Course will be hosted by the Physiopathology of Pancreatic beta-cells research laboratory at the Institute of Functional Genomics (IGF), Montpellier, France. Dr. Stéphane Dalle, Dr. Magalie Ravier, Dr. Safia Costes, Dr. Gyslaine Bertrand and their colleagues are responsible for organizing the course.


A hands-on practical course will be provided for a maximum of 16 participants who will rotate in four groups through the laboratory. The concept of small groups will provide intensive interaction with trainers and trainees. Course contents will be structured into thematic blocks, each of which will consist of introductory lectures followed by practical training. The last day of the course will be combined with the 2nd Montpellier Diabetes Day symposium, where four lectures related to clinical aspects and pancreatic islet physiology in diabetes will be given by international speakers.


The course is designed to provide hands-on training on some of the basic aspects of islet biology. The course will offer participants a comprehensive view of both theoretical background and practical methods with the end goal of applying and transferring this newly acquired knowledge to their respective home institutions.


Daily hands-on sessions will include:

  • Isolation of mouse pancreatic islets, culture, insulin secretion measurements and assay.
  • Dissociation of islets into clusters/single cells and infection with adenoviruses. Islet/single cell imaging using conventional microscopy to monitor second messengers such as calcium (fura2), cAMP and protein kinase activities (using recombinant targeted probes).
  • Using clonal beta-cells or isolated islets, protein expression and apoptosis will be evaluated by western-blot following gene silencing (siRNA) or exposure to cellular stresses known to be associated with diabetes.
  • Presentation and visit of the “human islet isolation platform” by Pr Anne Wojtusciszyn at the Institute for Regenerative Medecine and Biotherapy.

Criteria and eligibility for acceptance to the course

Applications may be made by any paid-up member of EASD having received their highest degree (PhD, MD, DMD, DVM) no more than five (basic scientist) or seven years (clinician) before 1 January in the year of the course. The number of participants is strictly limited and the most suitable candidates will be selected by the sub-committee on the basis of the information provided in the application form.

Cost of the course

Applicants will be asked to pay 300 € as registration fee, as well as their transportation to and from Montpellier, France. All other expenses, including board and lodging, will be covered by EASD funds, supported by Lilly Diabetes. Following individual requests and evaluation for eligibility, the registration fee may be waived. In exceptional circumstances and following a formal application, EASD may, if necessary, also provide a travel grant.

Application procedures

Interested candidates should submit their application as a Word file attachment to

The application must include the following:

  • A curriculum vitae giving date and place of birth, current professional address (with telephone and fax numbers and email address) and full details of education and academic and/or clinical career to date. There should be a complete list of publications and mention of any meetings or workshops attended. It is important to include all courses attended which were funded by EASD.
  • A one-page letter of support from the head of the applicant’s current department. Aside from attesting to the qualities of the candidate, this letter should clearly state how the department proposes to provide the necessary facilities and support to allow the candidate to continue in diabetes research.
  • A one-page description of the applicant’s current research interests, including a brief explanation of how the applicant feels the course will help in a future career in diabetes research.
  • Proof of EASD membership number

Applications not including these pages will not be considered.

Applications must be received at the EASD Secretariat in Düsseldorf before 31 August 2018.