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CP and Diabetes
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Previous Meetings (online CME Credit)

PancreasFest 2011
PancreasFest 2012
PancreasFest 2013

PancreasFest 2014

PancreasFest 2015

PancreasFest 2016

Conference Venue:
20th Centry Club, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA 

Conference Hotel:
Wyndham University Center, Pittsburgh PA.

The host hotel for PancreasFest 2017 is the Wyndham Pittsburgh University Center, located at 100 Lytton Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213. This hotel is approximately two blocks from The University Club, which is the primary meeting location.

To reserve your room online, visit http://www.wyndham.com/ hotels/47154, click on “Reservations” and then “Special Rates & Codes.”

The PancreasFest 2017 group code is TBD.

By telephone, call 412-682-6200 or 800-UNIVCTR and reference the group code.

Room availability and pricing will not be guaranteed after July 1, 2017.

Important Dates:

Early Registration Fees
through July 1, 2017

  • CAPER Members Fees
  • Poster-Abstracts Instructions
    • Abstract Submission Deadline for travel scholarships - TBD.

  • Visit Pittsburgh!

    Pittsburgh Culture
    Pittsburgh Cultural District

    "Cool Pittsburgh"

    Thursday Night PancreasFest Favorite: Hofbrau Haus
    July 26-28, 2017 Pittsburgh, PA

    "A joint meeting of physicians and scientist committed to learning and collaborating on translational studies of pancreatic diseases."

    NIDDK Workshop - July 26
    (in review)

    PancreasFest 2017

    "Detection, Assessment and Management of Complex Pancreatic Disorders"

    - Program (PDF)

    - Registration (via CCEHS) - not yet open

    - Abstract (Instructions)

    - Scholarships (via CAPER)

    Annual Meetings

    INSPPIRE 2017
    "Pancreatic Diseases in Childhood"
    July 27

    - Program (PDF)

    CAPER 2017
    "Rising Academic Stars"
    July 28

    - Program (PDF)

    Special Lectures

    Pramod K. Garg, MD, DM: Managing Non-Alcoholic Chronic Pancreatitis

    Jeffrey L. Brodsky PhD - Biology of UPR, Autophagy and Targets for new treatments

    David Tuveson, MD, PhD- Using Organoids to Better Understand Pancreatic Cancer

    John Neoptolemos MD- Clinical Trials of Pancreatic Cancer Treatments - Ruth C. Brufsky Award Lecture

    Virginia Stallings, MD- Professor's Perspective - Pancreatic function testing.

    - - PARTCIPATE - -

    Acute Pancreatitis - APPRENTICE (& APQI)

    Vascular Leak Syndrome: Expert Discussion

    Contact Georgios Papachristou MD, PhD (APPRENTICE and CAPER), or Stephen Pandol MD (Acute Pancreatitis Quality Measures) to participate

    Pancreatic Cancer - Detection / Prevention

    Contact Randall Brand MD or Herbert Zeh III to participate

    Pain - Updates from PF 2016 work

    PF Guidance - Pain in chronic pancreatitis

    Contact Dr Whitcomb, Ajay Wasan MD PhD (framework) or Kathryn Albers PhD(Basic Science), to participate

    Diabetes- X-N-X / T3cDM / Cancer Risk

    PF Guidance - DM in chronic pancreatitis
    PF Guidance - TPIAT for pancreatic pain

    Contact Suresh Chari MD to participate

    X-N-X eXocrine - eNdocrine - interactions (X) meeting.

    QUALITY - Academic Pancreas Centers of Exellence

    Contact Dr Whitcomb or Dr Conwell (for the APCOE) or Wahid Wassef MD (Acute Pancreatitis Quality Measures - APQI) to participate

    Adult Studies - CAPER & working groups

    Contact Georgios Papachristou MD, PhD or Wahid Wassef MD for information ABSTRACTS and SCHOLARSHIPS

    Pediatric Studies - INSPPIRE & working groups

    Contact Alyie Uc MD or Mark E. Lowe, MD, PhD to participate

    Reviews of PancreasFest "This year's PancreasFest was the best ever!", "The meeting was fantastic", "This is exactly what the pancreas field needs to push forward"

    Annual Meetings:

  • North Amersican Pancreatic Study Group (NAPSG)
  • Collaboative Alliance for Pancreatic Education and Research (CAPER)
  • ExEnX (Exocrine-Endocrine cross-interaction)

  • 2017 Topics:

    Schedule for PF17.

    Wednesday, July 26, 2017
    • NIDDK Workshop

    Wednesday evening, July 27, 2017
    • Reception and Light Dinner

    Thursday, July 27, 2017
    • Session I:  Recurrent Acute Pancreatitis
    • Session II:  Recurrent Acute and Chronic Pancreatitis
    • Session III A: Pancreatic Diseases in Childhood
    • Session III B: Pancreatic Cancer Session
    • Session IV:  Brufsky Lecture
    • Session IV:  Thematic Discussion Groups (breakouts)
    • Session VI:  Poster & Reception

    Friday, July 28, 2017
    • Session VII:  Advanced Endoscopy
    • Session VIII:  Minimally Invasive Pancreas Surgery
    • Session IX:  Professor Perspectives
    • Session X:  CAPER Young Investigator Research highlights
    • Session XI: CAPER Awards and Business Meeting

    Award Lectures for PF17.

    • Ruth C. Brufsky Award Lecture
    • CAPER Lifetime Research and Mentoring Award

    Focus Topic for PF17 - Acute Pancreatitis, UPR, Cancer.

    • Acute and Recurrent Pancreatitis
    • Exocrine-Endocrine Cross-Interactions (ExEnX)
    • Pancreatitis in Children (INSPPIRE)
    • Professors Perspectives - Special Lectures
    • Young Investigators Research (CAPER)
    • Working Group on Pancreas Centers of Excellence - Report and consensus confrence.

    2017 Awards:

    • Ruth C. Brufsky Award for Excellence in Research in Pancreatic Cancer - John Neoptolemos MA, MB, BChir, MD, Royal Liverpool University, UK

    • CAPER Lifetime Research and Mentoring Award - TBA

    To the PancreasFest organizing commitee... "I just wanted to send you my profound thanks for what I think is the world's premier pancreatic research meeting. I got more out of these past few days in terms of advancing my research than I have at 10 consecutive DDWs. I feel rejuvenated and inspired." - a young physician-scientist faculty who attended PancreasFest.


    PancreasFest - Purpose
    What is PancreasFest (PF)?
    PancreasFest is an annual meeting of pancreas physicians and translational researchers who convene during the last week of July to find new ways of working together to improve patient care.

    PancreasFest is an umbrella meeting that supports multiple smaller meetings with very focused goals. These include education programs, discussion sessions for new ideas, learning from other disciplines, investigator meetings, and efforts to help young investigators get started exporing their own ideas. PancreasFest is a meeting with a pragmatic purpose - multicenter research.

    Pancreas Working Groups - Multicenter Studies (click here)
    Name Puropse Meeting Contact
    CAPER Help young clinical investigators - CAPER
    Georgios Papachristou MD PhD
    INSPIRRE Pediatriac acute pancreatitis group
    Alyie Uc MD
    Acute Pancreatitis APPRENTICE
    Georgios Papachristou MD
    NAPS2 Prospective cross-secional RAP/CP Cohort
    Dhiraj Yadav MD MPH
    TPIAT Total Pancreatectomy - Islet Autotransplantation
    Melena Bellin MD
    Diabetes X-N-X (Type3c DM / Cancer risk)
    Suresh Chari MD
    CP-Nutrition Define nutrition measures and goals in patients with pancreatitis
    David C Whitcomb MD PhD
    Surgery Mimimally Invasive Pancratic Surgery
    Herb Zeh MD

    Visit Pancreas.org - - CAPER