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The lung epithelium in health and disease

Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology

Bethesda, MD - This SRC presents emerging areas of scientific interest in lung epithelial biology in development, homeostasis, and disease. It again addresses critical issues on lung epithelial biology such as stem cells and regenerative medicine, while expanding sessions to encompass themes such as single cell analytical approaches, cell-cell communication within the epithelial compartments as well as between epithelia and stroma, and immune interactions--current subjects of high interest to the lung community with many great advances pending. It will provide opportunities not only for scientists working on lung epithelial biology, but also synergize interactions among attendees in all these fields.

This conference will (1) highlight the latest developments in epithelial barrier maintenance and its disruption during acute lung injury; (2) promote the understanding the impact of the cystic fibrosis gene on host defense to pulmonary infections; (3) connect new insights in the fields of ER stress and cell senescence to the vulnerable pulmonary epithelium of individuals at risk for pulmonary fibrosis; (4) dissect the biological distinctions between epithelial proliferation as a repair mechanism and tumorigenesis; (5) present the impact of the newest tools in single cell analysis on understanding lung development, repair, and disease; and (6) characterize epithelial-mesenchymal interrelationships that maintain lung homeostasis and orchestrate repair and regeneration. The entire program has been designed to achieve a better understanding of the key clinical research issues and how they relate to basic mechanistic investigation.

FASEB has announced a total of 36 Science Research Conferences (SRC) in 2016. Registration opens January 7, 2016. For more information about an SRC, view preliminary programs, or find a listing of all our 2016 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 30 societies with more than 125,000 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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