3rd IPITA/JDRF/HSCI Conference on Stem Cell Derived Beta Cells


With recent developments in relation to the coronavirus outbreak and travel restrictions, the International Pancreas & Islet Transplant Association (IPITA) and Conference Organizing Committee have decided to postpone the conference to November 2-3, 2020.

Updated information on abstract submission and registration is available below. If you have already registered for the conference, your registration will be applied to the new conference date.

Thank you for your understanding and we look forward to seeing you in Boston.


Matthias Hebrok, PhD

Director, University of California San Francisco Diabetes Center
San Francisco, CA, USA

Maike Sander, MD

Director, Pediatric Diabetes Research Center (PDRC)
Professor, University of California San Diego Departments of Pediatrics and Cellular and Molecular Medicine
La Jolla, CA, USA

Matthias von Herrath, MD

Division of Developmental Immunology
La Jolla, CA, USA

Maria Cristina Nostro, PhD

Assistant Professor
Endocrine and Diabetes Platform
Toronto, ON, Canada

Douglas Melton, PhD

Harvard Department of Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology
Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Boston, MA, USA

Kevin D’Amour, PhD

CSO, ViaCyte, Inc.
San Diego, CA, USA




All abstracts will be printed in the 3rd IPITA Conference Stem Cell Derived Beta Cells final program. Do not submit an abstract if you do not agree to have your abstract printed in the final program.

All abstracts will be considered for poster presentation and the top scoring abstracts will be offered a 7 minutes oral presentation (in addition to the poster presentation).

Important Dates
Abstract submission & Registration Now Open
Abstract submission deadline September 21, 2020
Communication to authors October 28, 2020
Deadline for presenter registration October 5, 2020
  • Format of Presentation
    1. Accepted for oral presentation for 7 minutes
    2. Accepted for elevator pitch and poster presentation
    3. Accepted for poster presentation
  • Abstract Themes
    • Beta Cell Regeneration
    • Transplant Immunology & Immune Tolerance
    • Immunoisolation
    • Islet Graft Assessment And Monitoring
    • Islet Engraftment & Extra Hepatic Islet Implantation Sites
    • Xenotransplantation
    • Islet Development, Islet Cell Biology & Beta Cell Survival
    • Organ & Tissue Engineering & Regeneration
    • Stem Cell Scale Up And Manufacturing
    • Stem Cell Clinical Trials
  • Abstract Submission Process
    User Profile

    Before submitting an abstract, the submitter must create a User Profile. After an abstract has been created, modifications can be made until the submission deadline.

    The final deadline to submit the abstract is September 21, 2020. Abstracts received after this date cannot be accepted. The submitting author will receive notification of acceptance by October 28, 2020. Together with the confirmation of acceptance of your abstract, presenters will be requested to register for the conference. Deadline for presenter registration is October 5, 2020.

    Choosing a Theme

    Indicate Which Best Describes Your Science. During the submission process, you will be asked to select one theme for your abstract. The theme is the general heading under which the abstract will be reviewed.

    Abstract Structure

    Abstracts in all themes should be structured chronologically in five sections: first Introduction; then Materials and Methods; Results; and Discussion (together, these three sections make up the paper's body); and finally, Conclusion.

    • The Introduction section clarifies the motivation for the work presented and prepares readers for the structure of the paper.
    • The Materials and Methods section provides sufficient detail for other scientists to reproduce the experiments presented in the paper. In some journals, this information is placed in an appendix, because it is not what most readers want to know first.
    • The Results and Discussion sections present and discuss the research results, respectively. They are often usefully combined into one section, however, because readers can seldom make sense of results alone without accompanying interpretation — they need to be told what the results mean.
    • The Conclusion section presents the outcome of the work by interpreting the findings at a higher level of abstraction than the Discussion and by relating these findings to the motivation stated in the Introduction. Explain the significance of your findings / outcomes and future implications of the results.
    Abstract Guidelines

    All abstracts must be submitted electronically through the Conference website

    • Abstracts will be accepted in English
    • There is no fee for submitting an abstract
    • There are no limitations on the number of abstracts that an individual can submit. However, one individual can only present one (1) abstract as oral presentations during the entire Conference. If you have more than one abstract accepted, you will be obliged to identify alternate presenters.
    • The abstract text body is limited to approximately 400 words, including spaces. A maximum of two figures/images (in JPG, GIF, or PNG with ideally 600 dpi) can be included. These will not count toward the word limit, nor will the information about authors, institutions and study groups. File size of 2 MB maximum for each figure.
    • Tables: do not insert tables into the body of the abstracts, the system will not recognize the format of the table. Tables will need to be uploaded as image into the body of the abstract.
    • Ensure that all co-authors approve of the abstract submission, publication, and potential presentation. Abstracts cannot be changed or withdrawn after September 21, 2020. Once the abstract has been scored by reviewers, no change in the body of the abstract will be accepted.
    • Presenter must confirm and register to the Conference by October 5, 2020, otherwise the abstract will not be published.
    Notification of Acceptance or Rejection to Corresponding Author

    Notification of acceptance or rejection will be sent to the submitting (corresponding) author by September 21, 2020. Please note that only the corresponding author will receive mail concerning the abstract and is responsible for informing all co-authors of the status of the abstract. Authors whose abstracts have been accepted will receive instructions for the presentation of their abstract.

  • Abstract Review And Selection Process
    • All submitted abstracts will go through review process carried out by the Scientific Program committee.
    • Abstracts which do not meet the focus of the topic category as requested by the authors will be reassigned to another category.
    • Scores assigned by all reviewers are averaged. Rejections are further evaluated by the Scientific Program Committee.
  • Policies For Abstract Submission
    Copyright Policy

    Abstracts should not include libelous or defamatory content. Material presented in abstracts should not violate any copyright laws. If figures/graphics/images have been taken from sources not copyrighted by the author, it is the author’s sole responsibility to secure the rights from the copyright holder in writing to reproduce those figures/graphics/images for both worldwide print and web publication. All reproduction costs charged by the copyright holder must be borne by the author.

    Resubmission Policy

    An abstract that has been previously published or presented at a national, regional or international meeting can only be submitted if there are new methods, findings, updated information or other valid reasons for submitting.


    Plagiarism is a serious professional misconduct. All abstracts are screened for plagiarism and when identified, the abstract and any other abstracts submitted by the same author are rejected. In addition, the submitting author’s profile and scholarship application, in the case one has been submitted, will also be cancelled.


IPITA/TTS members     $ 400.00
IPITA/TTS nonmembers $ 500.00
Student/ Trainees $ 200.00
Industry $ 600.00
  • Cancellation Policy:

    To cancel your registration and receive a refund, a written request must be submitted to the Conference Secretariat at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. on or before October 5, 2020. Cancellation requests received on or before this date will be refunded less the 25% of the cost of the registration, and the refund will be processed after the Congress. There will be no refunds for cancellation notices/requests received after October 6, 2020. No refunds apply for no-shows.


    If you are registering under these categories, you must provide proof of your status in order to grant you the reduced registration fee. A letter from your immediate supervisor or ID must be submitted in English on our website, under the ‘Student or Resident Validation’ module.

    Invoice Billing Address

    Once your registration is completed you will automatically receive an invoice by email, once registration has been paid, the billing address cannot be modified. Please add the correct billing and email addresses before payment, as changes cannot be made once payment is being processed.


    Payment of registration fees can be made by credit card (Visa and MasterCard), check, and wire transfer. For payments by check and wire, make sure we receive the payment within 3 weeks of completion of your online registration. The deadline to receive payments by check and wire is October 5, 2020. After this date, all payments must be done by credit card.

  • Letter of Invitation


    As you know, the requirements for travel to the United States constantly change. The links below can connect you to the latest US Government Visa information. We urge everyone that requires a Visa to travel to the US to apply for the Visa as early as possible, at least 5 months before intended travel. Be accurate and specific in completing your application. Please read the following information carefully.

    Invitation Letters

    If you require a letter of invitation for your visa application theycan only be issued to delegates who have successfully paid their registration fees. You will be able to print your invitation letter from your profile dashboard once you successfully registered and paid your registration fees.

    Note: We cannot provide visa letters for spouses or guests

    Disclaimer: Please note that this content is for general information purposes only. While every effort is made to ensure that the information provided is accurate and up-to-date, regulations may change. The only authoritative sources on U.S. visas are U.S. government websites. Attention: IPITA cannot intervene with U.S. Embassies or consulates abroad, or with the U.S. State Department on behalf of any member or meeting attendee.

    Visa Application Process

    What type of visa?
    Generally, non-U.S. citizens/residents must obtain a nonimmigrant B-1/B-2 visa to enter the United States for a temporary visit. Visitor Visa Information from the U.S. Department of State

    Visa Waiver Program
    Under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP), citizens of certain countries may travel to the United States for stays of 90 days or less without a visa. Anyone traveling under VWP must apply for authorization through the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA).
    Electronic System for Travel Authorization

    Set Up Your Visa Interview
    If you are not eligible to travel under the Visa Waiver Program, you may be required to appear at a U.S. embassy or consulate for an in-person interview prior to visa approval. There may be long waits to schedule an interview, so start the application process as early as possible.

    What to Bring to Your Visa Interview

    • A valid passport.
    • Online nonimmigrant visa application (Form DS-160) confirmation page.
    • Specific and detailed explanations related to your purpose for travel. Example: Copy of your letter of invitation.
    • Complete travel itineraries and schedules if appropriate. Note: Airline ticket proof of purchase is not a required item for documenting your trip itinerary.
    • Proof of an existing relationship with your inviter, NWC Boston , or other U.S. entities. Example: Copy of your NWC Boston meeting registration.
    • Explanation of how your visit will be funded.
    • Your CV.

    Visa Wait Times
    The U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Consular Affairs provides visa wait times for every U.S. Consulate worldwide.

    Administrative Processing
    Some applications require additional "administrative processing" and this adds several weeks to the application process. Applicants involved in scientific fields are often subjected to administrative processing and should apply for visas as early as possible, preferably 3-4 months in advance. Bring your CV and letter of invitation to the visa interview to help facilitate any additional processing.


Hotel Options

The conference has no contracted hotel room block. This map shows hotels convenient to the Joseph B. Martin Conference Center at Harvard Medical School – either within walking distance, public transportation or a short cab ride.

Conference Host Hotel
Hilton Boston Back Bay
40 Dalton Street, Boston
Massachusetts, 02115-3123
Tel: 1-617-236-1100  
Located a 30-minute walk along the Fens, short cab ride, or hop on the MBTA Green Line at Prudential.


The Joseph B. Martin Conference Center at Harvard Medical School
77 Avenue Louis Pasteur
Boston, MA 02115

Download a PDF for directions, maps, public transportation and parking.
Conference Secretariat

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