Protein Kinases and Protein Phosphorylation

Conference Summary

This conference focuses on the biology of protein kinases and phosphorylation signaling.  Among FASEB’s longest-running SRCs, it brings together a dynamic international community of junior investigators, trainees, and established researchers from a field that is achieving startling new insight and medical breakthroughs.  The program will link detailed understanding of protein structure and biochemical mechanism to control of large-scale processes like the cell division cycle, cell morphogenesis, and metabolism.

In 1956 Krebs and Fischer demonstrated a biochemical effect of protein phosphorylation, revealing a mechanism that controls essentially all eukaryotic cell processes.  Sixty years later, analysis of protein kinases and phosphorylation remains a frontier in life sciences research by seamlessly fusing structural biology, proteomics, biochemistry, systems-level cell biology, and molecular evolution.  This SRC will explore the field’s latest research, which is revealing surprising mechanisms of regulation, previously unappreciated subcellular organization, logic of pathways that coordinate diverse intracellular systems.  Importantly, derangement of kinase signaling underlies disease, including cancer and diabetes.  Drugs targeting kinases and phosphorylation have achieved dramatic cures and promise more, and the conference has consistently offered a robust platform for clinically important work.  To foster international scientific connections the 2017 conference will be held at Cambridge University, a world-class academic research hub with outstanding facilities, recreational options, and social venues.

Dr. Tony Hunter, who discovered tyrosine phosphorylation and directed foundational studies of signaling mechanisms, will deliver the conference’s keynote address.  Platform and poster sessions will feature insights from structural and biochemical analysis, as well as emerging research in the control of cell division, metabolism, and cell architecture. The meeting will bring together scientists using a wide range of approaches, from structural biology and biochemistry to proteomics, systems biology, and cell biology.  In addition to the conference’s traditionally deeply ingrained focus on developing treatments for important human maladies, half of the platform sessions will have an explicit tie to clinical issues: malignancy, cancer, immunity and inflammation, and metabolic disease.

We are delighted to announce that Protein Kinases and Protein Phosphorylation 2017 has been selected for one of the JBC/Herb Tabor Young Investigator Awards, to be presented by one of our speakers, Professor Alex Toker.

Program Agenda

On-site Information

Find a map of Robinson College to use during the conference. Robinson College has also provided a list of FAQ and emergency information that will be useful during your stay. If you would like to explore the local area, here is some transportation information and nearby restaurants.

Important Deadlines:   Early Bird: June 25, 2017         Last Day to Register: July 23, 2017


  • Career Development Workshop
  • Meet the Expert sessions
  • Short talks selected from submitted abstracts

Keynote Speakers

Tony Hunter, Ph.D.
American Cancer Society Professor
Salk Institute for Biological Studies

Conference Organizers

Kathryn Ferguson, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Pharmacology
Yale University School of Medicine

Eric Weiss, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Molecular Biosciences
Northwestern University

Conference Staff

Robin Crawford, CMP, Conference Coordinator 

Pippa O'Shea, Conference Assistant

Contact us:
Email: src@faseb.org
Phone: 1.301.634.7010

Date & Location

Date: August 6-11, 2017
Robinson College, Cambridge
Grange Road
Cambridge CB3 9AN
United Kingdom

Transportation & Lodging

Airport Information

Stansted Airport is approximately 40 minutes by road from Cambridge and Gatwick and Heathrow Airports are about 1.5 - 2 hours by road from the College. Buses from all these airports run regularly into the City Centre. Trains run directly to Cambridge from Stansted (35 minutes) and via London from Heathrow and Gatwick.

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Official Conference Lodging

Robinson College, Cambridge
Grange Road
Cambridge CB3 9AN
United Kingdom

If you request a single or a double occupancy room, the registration fee covers 5 nights of lodging (Sunday through Thursday night, checkout Friday morning). A credit card will be required upon check-in for incidental expenses (i.e. in-room movies, room service, etc.)
If you plan to arrive early or stay beyond the conference dates, you must make your own reservations for the extra nights you require. You are responsible for payment upon check-out.

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