Spotlight on our Award Lecturers

KEVIN DOCHERTY

Introducing the exciting topic of “Ex vivo exocrine cell reprogramming” in a Plenary Session on islets, Professor’s Docherty main research focuses on the biology of the islets of Langerhans with particular interest in transcription factors that regulate islet gene expression and development.

Kevin Docherty graduated with a BSc in Biochemistry from St Andrews in 1974. He did his PhD in Edinburgh (1979) and then moved to a post-doc in Cambridge (1978-1980), where he worked on sugar transport mechanisms. He did a second post-doc (1980-1982) at the University of Chicago working on proinsulin biosynthesis and processing. He returned to the UK to a lectureship (1983-1985) in the Department of Medicine at the University of Birmingham. He was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 1985 and Reader in Molecular Endocrinology in 1989. He moved to the MacLeod Smith Chair in Biochemistry at the University of Aberdeen in 1994. He was Head of the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology from 1999-2003. He has served on the editorial board of: Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology (2000- ); Journal of Molecular Endocrinology (1988 - ); and The Biochemical Journal (1994-2000). He has also served on several grant-awarding committees: British Diabetic Association (1991-1994); Novo Nordisk UK Grant (1992-1999); and Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Medical and Scientific Grants Committee (2000-2003 and 2004- ).

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MARK A. HARDY

The International Association of Xenotransplantation proudly introduces the Keith Reemtsma Lecture in Xenotransplantation at the Melbourne IPITA-IXA-CTS joint meeting.  Named after the Honorary Founding President of IXA and a pioneer in the field of clinical xenotransplantation, the Inaugural Reemtsma Lecture, entitled “Xenotransplantation - The Past and the Future”, will be presented by Doctor Mark A. Hardy.  Dr. Hardy was recruited by Dr. Reemtsma in 1975 to join the Columbia University Department of Surgery, where he remains on the faculty today.  Under Dr. Reemtsma's mentorship, Dr. Hardy made major contributions to the field of transplantation, including editorship of the first International Xenotransplantation Symposium, Xenograft 25, which was published in 1989 to mark the 25th anniversary of the first report, in Annals of Surgery, of Dr. Reemtsma's pioneering renal xenotransplant studies. Supported by the Reemtsma Lecture Endowment Fund.

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GUIDO POZZA

This year, the Paul Lacy Memorial Lecture has been jointly awarded to Dr. Guido Pozza and Professor Konrad Federlin.

Dr. Pozza has been awarded the IPITA 2015 Paul Lacy Memorial Lecture Award.

Paul Lacy was a pioneer in experimental islet transplantation and demonstrated proof-of-concept in animal models thereby stimulating the development of successful protocols in human clinical islet transplantation. The Paul Lacy Memorial Lecture Award is given to a clinician and/or scientist who has made substantial and lasting contributions to the field of experimental and/or human islet transplantation furthering Dr. Lacy’s vision.

Born in Milan, Italy. Prof. Pozza received a Medical Degree on November 13, 1951 at University of Milano, School of Medicine and a Postdoctoral Degree in Internal Medicine in 1958 at the same university.

Played his college career in the School of Clinical Medicine in Milan directed by Prof. Luigi Villa before, by Prof. Guido Melli and Prof. Elio Polli later Research Fellow at the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology of the Chicago Medical School, Illinois, directed by Prof. Piero P. Foa, where he went from 1 December 1955 al April 30, 1957.

In 1959 he obtained a scholarship from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to go again at the Chicago Medical School

Since 1973 the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery posted him at the Hospital San Raffaele in Milan, affiliated with the University of Milan, to head the Division of Medicine I

 1975-1978 was Professor of Special Medical Pathology and Clinical Methodology at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Milan; 1979 to 1998 he was Professor of Clinical Medicine and General Medical Therapy, University of Milan.

From 1998-2003 is Professor of Clinical Medicine and General Medical Therapy, University Vita-Salute San Raffaele and since March 2004 becamse an Emeritus Professor.
 
He is a member of several national and international scientific societies and was Chairman of the following associations: the Italian Society of Diabetology, the Federation of Medical Scientific Society, the Study Group of the European Society of Diabetes (EASD) on Insulin Infusion and Pancreas Transplant and Islands (AIDSPIT), etc.

Also a Scientific Director of the San Raffaele Hospital in Milan since 1984 Scientific and Superintendent of the same from 1992 to 1998. Vice-Chancellor at the University Vita-Salute San Raffaele 1998-2003.

President Coordination Committee Area Medical Foundation Institute San Raffaele Hospital G. Lily Cefalu since September 2004.

Author of more than 600 publications in extenso published in major scientific journals of national and international.

He has dedicated his scientific research activities in the field of internal medicine, especially in the field of Metabolic and Endocrine Diseases of Organ Transplant and fabrics.

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KONRAD FEDERLIN

This year, the Paul Lacy Memorial Lecture has been jointly awarded to Dr. Guido Pozza and Professor Konrad Federlin.

Professor Federlin retired from his directorship of the Third Medical Department and Policlinic at the JustusLiebig-University of Giessen on September 30, 1996. He fashioned one of the truly exceptional diabetes centers in Europe, with well-balanced and great strengths in education, clinical care and research. Professor Federlin has, from the beginning of his career, made notable and outstanding contributions in a number of areas in the field of diabetes. Above all, Professor Federlin is rightly regarded as the European pioneer of islet transplantation. Ever since his first successful islet transplantation in diabetic rats in 1972, he was captivated by the idea of developing islet transplantation as a valid approach to patient management and his enthusiasm was infectious and readily transmitted to colleagues around him. Tenacity and attention to detail were the hallmarks of his scientific life and on the day of his retirement, he handed the directorship of one of the largest and most successful clinical islet transplant programs over to Professor Reinhard G. Bretzel. Together with his coworkers Professor Konrad Federlin established the International Islet Transplant Registry at his Department in 1989 and served as Registry Director for the following seven years. His foresight has been critical for bringing the Registry to its current level.

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CAMILLO RICORDI

The Cell Transplant Society presents the Inaugural CTS Camillo Ricordi Lecture, with a presentation by Dr. Ricordi himself.

Dr. Camillo Ricordi is Professor and Chief of the Division of Cellular Transplantation, Department of Surgery and Director of the Diabetes Research Institute at the University of Miami. Dr. Ricordi served as president of the Cell Transplant Society and the International Islet and Pancreas Transplant Association, as councilor of American Society of Transplant Surgeons and The Transplantation Society. He has served on several NIH Expert Panels, Strategic Planning committees, NCRR ICR Executive Committee and is currently chairperson of the steering committee of the NIH Clinical Islet Transplantation consortium; Ricordi serves also as President of the Board of both ISMETT (Mediterranean Institute for Transplantation and Advanced Therapies) and Ri.MED Foundation. He has received numerous honors and awards, including the 2002 ADA Outstanding Scientific Achievement Award (delivered the Lilly Lecture), and he was also Knighted by the President of the Republic of Italy.   The Cell Transplant Society would not exist without Dr. Ricordi’s vision and leadership in its development and leading it to its successful position today as a leader in the science of cellular transplantation. 

THE INAUGURAL CAMILLO RICORDI LECTURE WILL BE HELD ON NOVEMBER 17TH AT 14:30 AND WILL BE GIVEN BY DR. RICORD


HANS W. SOLLINGER

Dr. Hans W. Sollinger has received the IPITA 2015 Richard C. Lillehei Memorial Lecture Award, a biennial award given to an outstanding clinician and/or scientist for their substantial contributions towards advancing the field of pancreas transplantation.

While Pancreas and Islet Transplantation are proven methods to cure Diabetes today, for the Millions of Diabetic patients worldwide, a simple, cost effective and non-invasive method needs to be developed. Gene Therapy has the potential to fulfill this need. Dr. Sollinger’s presentation titled "Gene Therapy for Diabetes” will highlight the current status of this exciting, emerging new field.

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