This FASEB SRC is the sole major national and international conference that addresses the broad spectrum of retinoid actions and application in an integrative manner. It is the most important meeting for the entire retinoid research community and has been instrumental in developing new directions of various branches of applied and basic science. In a spirit of cross-disciplinary education, this meeting provides a “home-base” for diverse scientists to review the latest concepts and information about retinoid biology and to assess new developments. This is critical for young and new investigators, who need a broad perspective on the field. It is also crucial for established scientists in the field to gain perspectives in the increasingly complex biology of retinoids. Integration of basic science with translational studies has resulted in many clinical applications.
This SRC will begin with a timely Round Table Panel discussion: "New frontiers for retinoid research and biomedicine", by several senior investigators in the field. This will be followed by 9 symposia, 4 poster sessions, and one “Poster Award” session. A major goal is to foster the exchange of cutting-edge research findings. The main topics to be addressed include both basic and translational fronts of retinoid biology: "Carotenoid and retinoid metabolism and signaling; Retinoid receptors in health and disease; Role of retinoids in metabolic diseases, immune responses and regulation; Retinoid homeostasis and cancer; Novel retinoids and rexinoids in molecular therapeutics; Role of retinoids during development and differentiation."
The overall goal of this conference is to bring together a group of committed investigators (senior scientists, mid-career scientists, junior scientists, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students), who work in diverse disciplines (as biochemists, molecular biologists, nutritional scientists, cancer researchers, vision researchers, stem cell biologists, biophysicists, structural biologists, immunologists, chemists, and clinicians) to present and discuss their latest research findings that share a common focus on the retinoids. A special plenary talk is planned to honor the life and work of the late Noa Noy, PhD, an outstanding female scientist who had a major transformative impact on the field.
To maximize the number of junior investigators and newcomers to this conference given exposure, 2 sessions of “Capsule Reports” are planned, for a total number of 16 five-min oral poster presentations. Numerous training sessions will be offered to arm the junior investigators with the knowledge of the various career paths available to them and to promote networking (“Meet the Speaker” round table at lunch, “Meet the Expert” session with Dr. Padma Maruvada, a Program Director from the NIDDK for career development, “Path to Independence” sessions with current and former department chairs in academia, leaders in pharmaceutical industry, editors of journals, and science foundations. This SRC will give investigators updates on the current state of the various branches of the field and will most certainly stimulate their careers and foster collaborations among basic scientists and clinicians.