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FASEB Science Research Conference: The TGF-B Superfamily: Signaling in Development and Disease

Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology

Bethesda, MD - This FASEB Science Research Conference focuses on the TGF-β family of secreted polypeptides that are important during animal embryogenesis, during tissue specification and patterning, and during adult life tissue homeostasis. Expansion of this field into unexpected areas of biology and disease pathogenesis is exemplary, and in part, due to high throughput efforts that serendipitously bring scientists to the world of TGF-β. All thematic areas have been carefully selected to fit nicely to the current activities of major pharmaceutical platforms that aim at exploiting this field for the generation of new diagnostics and therapeutics for a variety of human disorders. These areas include: signaling networks and crosstalk, stemness in development and disease, plasticity and morphogenesis in development and disease, tissue microenvironment dynamics in embryos and disease, homeostatic and metabolic control of growth and disease, inflammation, vasculature and tissue transformation and differentiation processes and therapeutic frontiers.

This conference will seek to strengthen interactions between those scientists studying molecular mechanisms and those studying development and disease, and will attract scientists from seemingly distant fields, who recently entered the TGF-β field. The conference program planned so far is truly global and represents the breadth of TGF-β family biology. Many oral presentations will be selected from the abstracts and the sessions have been organized to blend young with senior investigators and diverse biological models (small organisms to human disease models) within the above thematic areas. The oral presentations together with three poster sessions and the recreational afternoon sessions will ensure a good blend between young and more advanced investigators, students and postdoctoral fellows that can use this time productively towards building collaborations and scientific exchanges.

Daily lunch sessions are also planned to enhance interactions between aficionados of the field and leading pharmaceutical companies with young and new incomers. The conference program provides significant level of renewal and dives into new areas of biology and technological fronts, thus providing an inspirational scientific environment that can foster the future of this field in basic developmental-cell biology and in applied-translational biomedical areas of investigation.

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


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

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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