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ABC transporters explored in UK conference

Biochemical Society

ABC transporters - the protein superfamily involved in tumour resistance, cystic fibrosis and numerous inherited diseases - will be explored in an upcoming UK conference.

ATP Binding Cassette Transporters: From Mechanism to Organism, a Biochemical Society Focused Meeting, will take place in Chester in April.

"The importance of ABC transporters cannot be underestimated owing to their involvement in numerous physiological processes and being causative factors in a number of clinical pathologies," says meeting organizers Dr Frederica Theodoulou (Rothamsted Research, UK) and Dr Ian Kerr (University of Nottingham, UK).

"This upcoming meeting exemplifies the importance of this large family of membrane proteins, as the meeting covers all disciplines; from structure and mechanisms, through to plant biology, disease and medicine."

The meeting will bring together speakers from multiple disciplines and geographical regions, including Enrico Martinoia (University of Zurich, Switzerland), Liz Carpenter (University of Oxford, UK), John Schuetz (St Jude Children's Research Hospital, USA) and Brett Garner (University of Wollongong, Australia).

Topics covered include in vitro, in vivo and in silico analysis of membrane transporters, genetics of ABC transporters, functions and mechanisms of ABC transporters, drug-transporter interactions and the structural biology of ABC transporters.

"The diversity of the meeting ensures that there will be something of interest for all researchers in the area of ABC transporters and beyond," says Dr Kerr.

Researchers at the early stage of their career will benefit from the Biochemical Society meeting format, with oral communication slots selected from the poster presentations, and many opportunities for networking with experts in the field.

ATP Binding Cassette Transporters: From Mechanism to Organism takes place 16--18 April 2015 at the University of Chester, UK. Earlybird registration closes on 18 March 2015.

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