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FASEB Science Research Conference: 'Glucose Transport: Gateway for Metabolic Systems Biology'

Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology

Bethesda, MD - Ann Louise Olson and Chris Newgard are pleased to be co-chairing the next Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) conference on "Glucose Transport: Gateway to Metabolic Systems Biology" to be held in Big Sky, Montana from July 26-July 30, 2015. This is one of the longest-running FASEB Science Research Conferences in the history of the FASEB series, originally launched in the early 1990s in recognition of the cloning and characterization of a subset of the major glucose transporter isoforms. Over the ensuing years, the meeting has continued to feature important advances in glucose transporter biology, but has also evolved to embrace emergent topics in metabolic control mechanisms as they relate to chronic diseases and conditions such as obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. The meeting has consistently attracted major leaders in these fields, but also with representation of emergent young scientists. This year's program, as seen in the accompanying attachment, is no exception. Recent progress in this area of research has been explosive, and we believe that this meeting will be particularly timely in helping to fully appreciate the significance of recent developments.

This year's conference will provide a lively mix of glucose transporter biology, metabolic regulation, including application of "omics" and systems biology methods in this arena, and multiple lectures that feature disease translational themes. A particular focus in 2015 will be cardiac and skeletal muscle metabolism and muscle performance in health and disease, featuring scientists that lead this field as well as younger faculty in the early stages of their independent careers. We believe that the themes of the meeting are particularly well-aligned with challenges faced by the pharmaceutical and biotech industries in identifying new therapeutic targets that combat tractable disease mechanisms.

We have invited approximately 40 scientists from institutions and companies worldwide to speak at the meeting, as well as an additional dozen prominent scientists to serve as session chairs and discussion leaders. In addition to these speakers we will be selecting approximately 16 short talks from abstracts to be presented by junior trainees. We will also run several poster sessions, and continuing a new and very well-received event launched at the 2013 meeting, we will have an "open mike" session of approximately 2 hours to allow volunteers to present particularly exciting data for discussion, with about 10 minutes per speaker.

FASEB has announced a total of 34 Science Research Conferences (SRC) in 2015. Registration opens January 20, 2015. For more information about an SRC, view preliminary programs, or find a listing of all our 2015 SRCs, please visit http://www.faseb.org/SRC.

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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 SRC@faseb.org. Proposal guidelines can be found at http://www.faseb.org/SRC.

FASEB is composed of 27 societies with more than 120,000 members, making it the largest coalition of biomedical research associations in the United States. Our mission is to advance health and welfare by promoting progress and education in biological and biomedical sciences through service to our member societies and collaborative advocacy.

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