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EASD Academy Activities

The EASD Academy Journal Club, in collaboration with Diabetologia, aims to provide authors at an early stage of their career with the opportunity to disseminate their findings and inspire their colleagues worldwide.

For this first event we are pleased to have Ji Soo (Samantha) Yoon, first author of a recent paper in Diabetologia. Samantha will tell us about her research findings and the techniques used to achieve them.

You’re invited to attend! You will have the opportunity to interact with our guest and ask her as many questions as you want about this very interesting research. It will be a relaxed, interactive and very enriching event. Don't miss it!

Title: Calcium-dependent transcriptional changes in human pancreatic islets reveal functional diversity in islet cell subtypes - EASD Academy Journal Club

Speaker: Ji Soo (Samantha) Yoon - Early career basic researcher

Date/Time: Thursday, 20 October 2022, 5pm CEST

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First EASD Academy Journal Club

Title: Calcium-dependent transcriptional changes in human pancreatic islets reveal functional diversity in islet cell subtypes

Speaker: Ji Soo (Samantha) Yoon

Date/Time: Thursday, 20 October 2022, 5pm CEST

Mini Abstract: Pancreatic islets depend on cytosolic calcium to trigger the secretion of glucoregulatory hormones and trigger transcriptional regulation of genes important for islet response to stimuli. Single-cell RNA sequencing databases revealed heterogeneity at the transcriptome level in human islets, both within and between cells. Using large large-scale, multi-condition, single-cell dataset, Ji Soon Yoon and colleagues have shown that human islets have cell-type-specific calcium-regulated gene expression profiles, some of them specific to subpopulations. In addition, they also identified, in a relevant way, PCDH7 as a novel marker of beta cells having an increased number of Ca2+-regulated genes and enhanced insulin secretory function.

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Year-round Webinars and Workshops

Webinars

The webinars will be held by senior experts who will provide guidance on very practical, key topics that will help early-career clinical and basic/translational investigators move their skills forward. Grant writing, work-life balance, manuscript reviewing and scientific communication to the public are just some of the topics that will be delved into by experienced leaders in the field of diabetes.

Journal Club

The Academy Journal Club, in collaboration with Diabetologia, aims to provide authors at an early stage of their career with the opportunity to disseminate their findings and inspire their colleagues worldwide. The Journal Club will also serve as an interactive tool for members of the EASD/Diabetologia community who wish to keep up-to-date with the latest scientific advancements in the field of diabetes in a timely, interactive fashion. Papers accepted for publication in Diabetologia will be selected by members of the EASD Academy on a regular basis. The first/junior author of the paper will be invited to present and discuss the work in a live webinar moderated by one of the EASD Academy members. The webinar will include a Q&A session, when the audience will be able to interact directly with the author.

Postgraduate Education

The EASD Academy will closely cooperate with the EASD Postgraduate Education Committee (PGEC), which decides the strategy for educational activities (basic scientist training courses, clinician training courses). Two members of the Year-Round Webinars/Workshops subgroup, who will act on behalf of the EASD Academy, will sit on the Postgraduate Education Committee. This will allow high interaction between the EASD Academy and the PGEC, to jointly design courses tailored to all the EASD Academy members, and to develop spin-off webinars based on PGE courses. Members of the EASD Academy will also serve as teachers in the EASD postgraduate courses.

Academy Networking Opportunities

Annual Event

The EASD Academy aims to provide early career researchers additional opportunities to develop their network and build fruitful collaborations. A special event is organised during the EASD Annual Meeting with the inspirational participation of prize-winning scientists in the field of diabetes. This event is open to all EASD members and anyone interested in joining the academy to discuss about career development and to network with fellow European early career researchers in informal and friendly settings.

Networking Platform

The Academy will also work on developing online tools to favour networking all year round such as follow-ups of Academy activities, discussion about grant and job opportunities. A directory of Academy members is planned to help early career researchers to connect when looking for complementary skills for their research or develop new projects across Europe.

Mentorship Programme

In 2017 EASD launched the Mentorship Programme though its Foundation EFSD which paired early-career scientists with inspirational leaders in the field over a 3-year period. The EASD Academy plans to develop a similar mentorship programme which will enable more successful mentee-mentor relationships.

We look forward to updating you with the details in due course.