Integrated physiology of the exocrine and endocrine compartments in pancreatic diseases: workshop proceedings


  • T.L. Mastracci
  • M. Apte
  • L.T. Amundadottir
  • A. Alvarsson
  • S. Artandi
  • M.D. Bellin
  • E. Bernal-Mizrachi
  • A. Caicedo
  • M. Campbell-Thompson
  • Z. Cruz-Monserrate
  • A. El Ouaamari
  • K.J. Gaulton
  • A. Geisz
  • M.O. Goodarzi
  • M. Hara
  • R.L. Hull-Meichle
  • A. Kleger
  • A.P. Klein
  • J.L. Kopp
  • R.N. Kulkarni
  • M.D. Muzumdar
  • A.P. Naren
  • S.A. Oakes
  • S.S. Olesen
  • E.A. Phelps
  • A.C. Powers
  • C.L. Stabler
  • T. Tirkes
  • D.C. Whitcomb
  • D. Yadav
  • Jing Yong
  • N.A. Zaghloul
  • S.J. Pandol
  • M. Sander


  • Diabetes


  • Diabetes 72 (4): 433-448


  • 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 provides a summary of the proceedings from the workshop. The goals of the workshop were to forge connections and identify gaps in knowledge that could guide future research directions. Presentations were segregated into six major theme areas, including 1) pancreas anatomy and physiology, 2) diabetes in the setting of exocrine disease, 3) metabolic influences on the exocrine pancreas, 4) genetic drivers of pancreatic diseases, 5) tools for integrated pancreatic analysis, and 6) implications of exocrine-endocrine cross talk. For each theme, multiple presentations were followed by panel discussions on specific topics relevant to each area of research; these are summarized here. 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 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.