The Lung Epithelium in Health and Disease

Conference Summary

This FASEB SRC will bring together scientists in academia and industry for live discussions on the most recent progresses in the field of lung epithelium biology.  The epithelium of the lung allows airway flow and provides an essential barrier against infection and other detrimental exposures, which is made possible through highly orchestrated processes during development, homeostasis and repair.  The goal of this meeting is to advance our understanding of these fundamental processes by providing a highly interactive platform for senior and junior scientists with expertises in biology, disease models and techniques.  Topics of special interest in this FASEB meeting include airway development, stem cells and regeneration, cell-cell interactions that orchestrate injury responses and repair, and the impact of newest tools on lung biology research.  Together, we believe we will gain insights into mechanisms of airway diseases that involve single gene, complex genetic interactions, and environmental impact.   The knowledge will lay the foundation for the identification of new drug targets and the improvement of treatment strategies for devastating lung diseases, such as asthma, COPD, and cystic fibrosis.

Trainees in both basic and clinical research laboratories are especially welcome to this meeting.  Trainees will include graduate students, PhD and MD post-doctoral fellows, and research associates, as well as instructors and junior faculty who have mentored research funding.  The meeting will provide many short talks, poster sessions, and travel awards dedicated to trainees and junior researchers.  In addition, this meeting will facilitate interactions between junior researcher with leaders in these fields by organizing social events and Meeting-the-Expert sessions.  This opportunity will ensure career development and help to foster new collaborations.

Important Deadlines:

  • Early bird registration deadline June 11, 2018
  • Last day to register June 27, 2018


  • Airway epithelium development and regeneration
  • Genetic and genomics of complex airway diseases
  • Development workshop on career opportunities in Industry

Keynote Speaker

Michael Welsh, PhD
University of Iowa

Conference Organizers

Timothy Blackwell, MD
Vanderbilt University

Xingbin Ai, PhD
Brigham & Women’s Hospital

Brian Varisco, MD
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center

FASEB Conference Staff

Trina Eacho, Conference Manager

Contact Us

Email: src@faseb.org
Phone: 1.301.634.7010


Date & Location


July 29-August 3, 2018


St. Bonaventure University
Francis Hall Building
Clare Road
Olean, NY 14760

Transportation & Lodging

Airport Information

  • Buffalo Niagara International Airport (BUF) is 1 hour and 30 minutes from the University.  
  • Erie International Airport (ERI) is 1 hour and 45 minutes from the University
  • Greater Rochester International Airport (ROC) is 2 hours and 15 minutes from St. Bonaventure University.
  • Toronto Pearson International Airport is 167 miles or 3 hours from the University.  (A Valid Passport is required to enter the US from Canada.)

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Official Conference Lodging

St. Bonaventure University
Francis Hall Building
Clare Road
Olean, NY 14760

The sleeping rooms at St. Bonaventure are apartment style lodging, with four single bedrooms with a shared 1 ½ baths. The rooms are air conditioned and can be locked. Each person will be provided an individual key for their room upon check in.

We are unable to book additional nights at St. Bonaventure University.  If you plan to arrive early or stay beyond the conference dates, you must make your own reservations at one of the off-site locations for the extra nights you require. You are responsible for payment upon check-out.

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