Pancreatitis and Calcium Signalling was an international research workshop organized by the authors and held at the Liverpool Medical Institution, Liverpool, United Kingdom, from Sunday 12th to Tuesday 14th November 2006. The overall goal of the workshop was to review progress and explore new opportunities for understanding the mechanisms of acute pancreatitis with an emphasis on the role of pathological calcium signaling. The participants included those with significant interest and expertise in pancreatitis research and others who are in fields outside gastroenterology but with significant expertise in areas of cell biology relevant to pancreatitis. The workshop was designed to enhance interchange of ideas and collaborations, to engage and encourage younger researchers in the field, and promote biomedical research through the participating and supporting organizations and societies. The workshop was divided into 8 topic-oriented sessions. The sessions were: (1) Physiology and pathophysiology of calcium signaling; (2) Interacting signaling mechanisms; (3) Premature digestive enzyme activation; (4) Physiology Society Lecture: Aberrant Ca2+ signaling, bicarbonate secretion, and pancreatitis; (5) NFκB, cytokines, and immune mechanisms; (6) Mitochondrial injury; (7) Cell death pathways; and (8) Overview of areas for future research. In each session, speakers presented work appropriate to the topic followed by discussion of the material presented by the group.
The publication of these proceedings is intended to provide a platform for enhancing research and therapeutic development for acute pancreatitis.