Public Release:  Biophysical Society Meeting in San Francisco, Feb. 15-19

Innovations, biomedical breakthroughs and new discoveries about human health and disease will highlight largest gathering of biophysical researchers in the world

American Institute of Physics

WASHINGTON D.C. Feb. 7, 2014 -- Ask a question about how the human immune system fights a tropical disease, or how viruses like HIV use genetic tricks to resist drugs, or how plant cells capture light, or how Alzheimer's takes hold in the brain, or how we can better fight diseases like cancer, or why some sperm cells are fertile while others are not, and you may have to narrow your gaze to the nanoscale to find answers. Ask a thousand such questions, and each time your attention may return to that same place: the hidden molecular world, where chemicals and DNA and proteins reign supreme.

There -- where molecules bond and break, interfere and interact, regulate and run amok -- that's where your answers may lie. Though too small to see with the eyes alone, this micro world is a massive domain of discovery for biophysics, a major interdisciplinary field that stretches across all the fields of science and medicine and brings together researchers who focus on unweaving those intricate interacting webs of molecules to find answers about human health and all the diseases that plague humankind.

Journalists are invited to discover the world of biophysics later this month in San Francisco, when the largest gathering of biophysicists in the world convenes from February 15-19 at the Moscone Center on Howard Street for the 58th Annual Meeting of the Biophysical Society.

Free registration is offered for any professional journalist, freelance science writer or public information officer and can be obtained by contacting Alisha Yocum at ayocum@biophysics.org

Embargoed press releases describing in detail some of the breakthroughs to be discussed at the meeting are available on Eurekalert, Newswise or by contacting Jason Bardi at jbardi@aip.org

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ABOUT THE MEETING

The Biophysical Society Annual Meeting is the largest meeting of biophysicists in the world, and each year, it brings together thousands of researchers working in many different multidisciplinary fields. Some 4,513 abstracts were submitted for the 2014 meeting, and more than 7,000 attendees will attend from all 50 U.S. states and another 58 countries. The meeting will feature 500 speakers, more than 850 poster presentations per day, 23 symposia and five workshops. There will also be 211 exhibits from 162 different companies. Despite its size, the meeting retains its small-meeting flavor through its subgroup symposia, platform sessions, social activities, and committee programs.

QUICK LINKS

Main Meeting Page: http://tinyurl.com/mfjh37p

Abstracts Search: http://tinyurl.com/lbrearu

Housing/Travel: http://tinyurl.com/qfl4fp2

MEETING HIGHLIGHTS

Future of Biophysics Symposium: http://tinyurl.com/ponx4ck

New and Notable Symposium: http://tinyurl.com/klv3jht

More Program Highlights: http://tinyurl.com/mosxrof

ABOUT THE SOCIETY

The Biophysical Society, founded in 1958, is a professional, scientific Society established to encourage development and dissemination of knowledge in biophysics. The Society promotes growth in this expanding field through its annual meeting, monthly journal, and committee and outreach activities. Its 9000 members are located throughout the U.S. and the world, where they teach and conduct research in colleges, universities, laboratories, government agencies, and industry. For more information on the Society, or the 2014 Annual Meeting, visit http://www.biophysics.org

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