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FASEB announces 2014 Science Research Conference: Trace Elements in Biology and Medicine

Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology

Bethesda, MD - This 2014 FASEB Conference is designed to bring together a diverse group of scientists and physicians to share and discuss the latest, cutting-edge research findings in the field of trace element biology. Essential micronutrients such as iron (Fe), copper (Cu), zinc (Zn), manganese (Mn) and selenium (Se) play critical roles in nutrition and health as illustrated by the wide range of diseases and disorders associated with defects in trace element metabolism.

This meeting will be the 13th iteration of this long-standing conference series and will span a range of scientific interests from developmental biology, genetics, and biochemistry, to chemistry, nutrition, and clinical medicine. Session topics at the 2014 meeting will cover trace element uptake, trafficking, and regulation in microorganisms, higher eukaryotes, and plants, and the role of trace elements in genetic diseases, immunity, and nutrition. In addition, novel techniques to monitor trace elements in cells will be discussed.

A notable strength of this conference series has been its ability to unite research scientists focused on the molecular details of trace element metabolism with scientists/medical doctors studying the direct impact of trace elements on human health, nutrition, and disease, thus bridging the gap between basic and applied science. This conference will integrate molecular, nutritional, and biomedical research, thus fostering fruitful collaborations across a broad range of disciplines. The meeting aims to draw together established investigators and trainees to promote communication, mentoring, and collaborations and share advances in methodologies. The ultimate goal of this conference series is foster the ongoing development of new therapeutic treatments for microbial infections and diseases/disorders related to trace element metabolism.


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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