Integrated Physiology of the Exocrine and Endocrine Compartments in Pancreatic Diseases: Workshop Proceedings

Pancreas. 2022 Oct 1;51(9):1061-1073. doi: 10.1097/MPA.0000000000002170.


The "Integrated Physiology of the Exocrine and Endocrine Compartments in Pancreatic Diseases" Workshop was a 1.5-day scientific conference at the National Institutes of Health (Bethesda, MD) that engaged clinical and basic science investigators interested in diseases of the pancreas. This report summarizes the workshop proceedings. The goal of the workshop was to forge connections and identify gaps in knowledge that could guide future research directions. Presentations were segregated into 6 major themes, including (a) Pancreas Anatomy and Physiology; (b) Diabetes in the Setting of Exocrine Disease; (c) Metabolic Influences on the Exocrine Pancreas; (d) Genetic Drivers of Pancreatic Diseases; (e) Tools for Integrated Pancreatic Analysis; and (f) Implications of Exocrine-Endocrine Crosstalk. For each theme, there were multiple presentations followed by panel discussions on specific topics relevant to each area of research; these are summarized herein. Significantly, the discussions resulted in the identification of research gaps and opportunities for the field to address. In general, it was concluded that as a pancreas research community, we must more thoughtfully integrate our current knowledge of the normal physiology as well as the disease mechanisms that underlie endocrine and exocrine disorders so that there is a better understanding of the interplay between these compartments.

Publication types

  • Congress
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Diabetes Mellitus* / metabolism
  • Diabetes Mellitus* / therapy
  • Humans
  • Islets of Langerhans* / metabolism
  • Pancreas / metabolism
  • Pancreas, Exocrine* / metabolism
  • Pancreatic Diseases* / diagnosis
  • Pancreatic Diseases* / metabolism
  • Pancreatic Diseases* / therapy

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