Stephen Pandol, MD - Director of Basic and Translational Pancreatic Research, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center: Professor of Medicine, University of California Los Angeles. Dr. Pandol is a noted expert in pancreatic cellular physiology and mechanism of pancreatic diseases. He currently directs a multitude of federal-grant-funded research projects with aims towards disease prevention by determining basic mechanisms and developing potential therapies for pancreatitis, pancreatic cancer and diabetes. At Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, he leads a team of biological and chemical scientists alongside epidemiologists and clinical scientists to develop innovative treatments for patients with pancreatic diseases. As a multi-dimensional thinker, Dr. Pandol collaborates with diverse experts in the field both nationally and internationally, and has held prestigious positions in academic societies including a recent term as President of the American Pancreatic Association from 2013-2014. In addition, he has been an Associate Editor for the American Journal of Physiology and is now Chief Editor for Frontiers in Gastrointestinal Sciences. He is also a member of editorial boards for leading journals in the field.