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Advancing the biomedical frontier: Experimental Biology 2006

Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology

More than 12,000 biological and biomedical scientists will gather for the Experimental Biology 2006 meeting at the Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco April 1-5. This annual meeting brings together scientists from dozens of scientific disciplines, from laboratory to translational to clinical research, from throughout the United States and the world. It provides scientists and clinicians an unparalleled opportunity to step outside the boundaries of their own fields and share information with colleagues looking at similar biomedical problems through the lens of different disciplines.

The theme of this year's meeting, "Advancing the Biomedical Frontier," refers to Experimental Biology's reputation for presenting research results that are shaping today's and tomorrow's medical advances.

The six sponsoring societies for Experimental Biology 2006 are: American Association of Anatomists; the American Physiological Society; American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; American Society for Investigative Pathology; American Society for Nutrition, Inc.; and American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics. Fourteen guest societies further broaden the scope of the meeting, adding expertise in veterinary pathology, behavioral pharmacology, biomedical engineering, biological and environmental repositories, and other areas of investigation.

Experimental Biology includes the annual meetings of all sponsoring societies. In addition, the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB), the scientific organization most specifically focused on the chemistry of life, and the Journal of Biological Chemistry, both will be celebrating their 100th anniversaries with ASBMB's usual strong scientific program - plus a birthday bash, a 5K fun run; and an evening with the San Francisco Symphony, all ticketed events open to all Experimental Biology participants.

The diversity of topics can be seen in this small sampling from sponsoring societies:

The Association of American Anatomists (AAA) will hold symposia, platform and poster sessions on regenerative medicine (the novel role of stem cells to regenerate or repair damaged organs and tissues), the "$6 billion (hu) man (from bionic arms to retinal prostheses); fetal origins of adult diseases; and the biological basis of aging, among other topics. AAA keynote speaker, Dr. Judah Folkman, will discuss a new platelet biomarker to detect occurrence or recurrence of breast and other cancers years before symptoms or anatomical diagnosis.

In addition to centennial-related events, the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB) has a full scientific program. Ten distinguished scientists will give award lectures on topics ranging from the power of mass spectrometry in biological discovery to stem cells and their lineages in skin. A series of special symposia will focus on cell signaling in aging and disease, and chemical genetics and new drug discovery targets, genetics and obesity. Other sessions will deal with subjects such as breast cancer and HIV/AIDS in minority populations, and teaching evolution in today's environment.

The American Society for Nutrition, Inc. (ASN) presents the latest findings on topics such as caloric restriction and delayed aging, diet and cancer, lipids and inflammation, novel concepts of the origin of adult health and disease, public health and policy implications of nutrient-gene interactions, human milk and lactation, and numerous sessions on vitamins and minerals from Vitamin A and D metabolism to botanicals to zinc. ASN's popular "controversy sessions" include discussions related to prevention and Vitamin E , calcium recommendations for bone density, and leucine therapy.

The American Society for Investigative Pathology (ASIP) program includes miniconferences on diseases mediated by redox (reduction of oxidation) and high-density lipoproteins, inflammation, and atherosclerosis. Harvard cell biologist Joan Brugge gives the keynote lecture on the unique 3-D cell culture model of breast cancer with which she uncovered one of the central mechanisms of early tumor development. Other sessions focus on topics such as stem cells and neuro-oncology, new insights into mechanisms of lung disease, biology of liver regeneration, and regulation and dysregulation of innate immunity.

American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics (ASPET) sessions include the future of behavioral pharmacology, now 50 years old; recent advances and challenges in pharmaceuticals for children; preclinical models for cognitive enhancers; aging and sensitivity to toxicants; metabolic considerations in the action of herbal medicines, including clinical herb-drug interactions; novel pain drugs; and new mechanisms for old compounds in mood stabilizers and antidepressants. Symposia in drug development include a beginner's guide to emerging technologies, innovative drug delivery strategies, and moving drugs from academics to industry.

The American Physiological Society (APS) topics include oxidative stress, obesity, the friend/foe physiology of the gut lining with the bacteria that live there, adaptive responses to stress, lipid metabolism and liver inflammation, and the connection between mitochondrial function in skeletal muscle and disease. One symposium focuses on the physiology of high performance and high intensity activity, while another addresses how the body adapts to physical inactivity. APS also organizes 16 distinguished lectureships, special sessions on career development and public advocacy, plus 3,000 individual poster presentations.

And more. Participating societies also offer numerous sessions, open to all meeting participants, related to career development, challenges and opportunities for minority and women scientists, networking, how to become a better teacher or communicator and how to improve the chance of publishing and winning research funding, and - always popular - how to master the juggling act of laboratory, life and leadership roles.

Experimental Biology itself has arranged a number of sessions on topics of interest, including the FASEB (Federation of American Societies of Experimental Biology) Career Resources Center and its "Virtual Career Fair "to match young scientists with potential employers before, during, and after the meeting and a "Career Connect" reception for employers and applicants; a demonstration of software for research and teaching purposes; and a poster session on teaching, learning and testing in the biological and biomedical sciences.

Exhibits of the latest research-related technologies, products and services will be open Sunday and Monday, April 2 and 3, from 9 am to 4 pm, and Tuesday, April 4, from 9 AM to 3:30 PM.

This year's FASEB Career Resources and MARC (Minority Access to Research Careers) Symposium and Poster Session is on "Health Disparities in Prostate and Breast Cancer: Genetic and Therapeutic Applications." The symposium is funded by a grant from the National Institute of General medical Sciences, National Institutes of Health.

Regularly-updated information on Experimental Biology 2006 is available at


Instructions for Journalists

Experimental Biology 2006 is open to media representing print, electronic, online, general interest, trade, and medical publishing companies. To register as press, a journalist must present media identification or a business card issued by a recognized news organization.

To register as press, email Sarah Goodwin An Experimental Biology pressroom will be available, with daily media briefings by scientists presenting at the meeting. Press kits will be issued along with programs and abstract books upon registration. Journalists also will receive information about additional press opportunities related to The American Physiological Society program. Contact Mayer Resnick All meeting press releases contain embargoed information, with embargo at the time of the pressroom presentation or scientific session, whichever comes first.

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