Phospholipid Signaling in Cancer, Neurodegeneration and Cardiovascular Disease

Conference Summary 

This SRC focuses on new developments in the biology of lipid signaling with an emphasis on cancer, neuronal and cardiovascular diseases. The emphasis will be on molecular, cellular, structure/function and enzymatic mechanisms of physiological signaling pathways and how defects in these pathways contribute to the biology and pathophysiology of cancer, neurodegeneration and cardiovascular disease. The focus will be on how diacylglycerol, phosphatidic acid, lysophospholipids, sphingolipids and phosphoinositide lipids modulate specific pathways and processes in the contexts of physiological growth-regulatory signals, intracellular and extracellular vesicular trafficking, regulation of cell polarization, migration, motility and invasion, autophagy and epithelial extrusion, and as nuclear regulators of mRNA processing and gene expression. These sessions will include discussions on how signaling becomes dysfunctional in diseases. There will be presentations on new translational approaches and therapeutic targets. There will be significant representation from the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry in order to facilitate networking between industry and academia. The topic areas have been chosen to maximize discussion of provocative and important developments.

We particularly wish to encourage the participation of new and junior researchers in the field and are securing additional support to provide PhD/postdoctoral fellow travel awards. Organizers have kept multiple short session speaking slots open. These will be selected from novel advances during 2015-2016 and from submitted abstracts. There will be multiple opportunities for new investigators and postdoctoral fellows to present and discuss their work including at poster sessions, short talks and short 5-10 minute oral ‘research snapshots’ to highlight their submitted abstracts. There will be multiple poster sessions during the conference.  Time will also be allocated to at least two “meet the expert sessions” wherein established research leaders will dedicate time to interact with trainees and new investigators, specifically to give advice concerning the science and possible prospects for postdoctoral training, research funding, publishing or employment tracks.

The 2016 meeting brings together a wide range of leading investigators from across the globe. The scope of their subjects is vast, encompassing studies at the level of single proteins as well as the pathophysiology of complex disease. The program will highlight inter-disciplinary approaches and how major advances in biophysical, proteomic, genomic, imaging, modeling and therapeutic approaches are driving the field. The discussion forums and recreational activities will provide all participants extensive opportunities to exchange new ideas and forge new collaborations in a supportive interdisciplinary environment for participants at all stages of their research profession.

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Important Deadlines:   Early Bird: June 16, 2016         Last Day to Register: July 1, 2016


  • Poster research snapshots: 5 or 10 min data talks from submitted abstracts by young investigators, students or postdocs.
  • Short talks will be selected from submitted abstracts and recent publications.
  • Meet the expert sessions: roundtable discussions for young investigators, students or postdocs. Advise for funding, publishing, and employment.

Keynote Speakers

Pietro De Camilli
Yale University/HHMI

Sarah Spiegel
Virginia Commonwealth University, USA

Conference Organizers

Chair: Richard A. Anderson
University of Wisconsin

Co-Chair: Julie Saba
University of California, San Francisco

Conference Staff

Robin Crawford, CMP, Conference Manager
Pippa O'Shea, Conference Assistant

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

Date & Location

Date: July 31- August 5, 2016
Location: The Steamboat Grand
                 2300 Mt. Werner Circle
                 Steamboat Springs, CO

Transportation & Lodging

Airport Information

The Steamboat Grand Resort is 22 miles from the Steamboat-Yampa Valley Regional/Hayden Airport (HDN) and 155 miles northwest of Denver International Airport (DIA).  Please note, Hayden Airport is a regional airport and only offers two flights per day during the summer months

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Official Conference Lodging

The Steamboat Grand
2300 Mt. Werner Circle
Steamboat Springs, CO

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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