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FASEB announces 2014 science research conference: Calcium and Cell Function

Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology

Bethesda, MD - Calcium is a truly universal biological signaling molecule used by nearly all forms of life, from plants to plasmodia to people. The calcium signal is absolutely indispensable for the normal function of animal cells and is also emerging as a highly relevant pathway in the fields of agriculture, insect biology, and pathogen-host interactions. Calcium signals are shaped through the activity of specific channels, pumps, transporters, buffers and calcium binding proteins.

Participants at this meeting will have the opportunity to synthesize diverse information on the disposition and handling of calcium by these elements of the calcium signaling machinery, as well as to integrate new information on the pleiotropic actions of this signaling molecule on cellular function. The relatively small conference format is designed to encourage intense discourse between fellows/students, and top-level scientists from academia and industry.

The last few years have seen a number of pivotal discoveries in the field including the identification of the signaling pathways that mediate calcium influx in non-excitable cells and the discovery of mitochondrial calcium transporters. Critical insights gained from interactions with colleagues at this meeting have, and will continue to, facilitate the development of new technologies while furthering our understanding of numerous human diseases, including immune defects, diabetes, pancreatitis, polycystic kidney disease, hypertension, heart failure, pain, and psychiatric, neurodevelopmental and neurodegenerative diseases. Discussions for younger scientists further facilitate interactions amongst scientists at every stage of their career.

FASEB has announced a total of 35 Science Research Conferences (SRC) in 2014. Registration opens January 17, 2014. For more information about an SRC, view preliminary programs, or find a listing of all our 2014 SRCs, please visit


Since 1982, FASEB SRC has offered a continuing series of inter-disciplinary exchanges that are recognized as a valuable complement to the highly successful society meetings. Divided into small groups, scientists from around the world meet intimately and without distractions to explore new approaches to those research areas undergoing rapid scientific changes.

In efforts to expand the SRC series, potential organizers are encouraged to contact SRC staff at Proposal guidelines can be found at

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