Trace Elements in Biology and Medicine

Conference Summary

This FASEB SRC will bring together a wide range of scientists and physicians studying the direct impact of trace elements on human health, nutrition, and disease. Trace elements such as iron, copper, zinc, manganese, selenium, and molybdenum are essential for life. However, inappropriate handling of these essential trace elements can result in cytotoxicity. Trace element toxicity can result from redox active elements promoting the formation of damaging reactive oxygen species or by the inactivation of critical enzymes by mis-incorporation of the incorrect cofactor. Considering ~30 % of the proteins encoded by the human genome bind metal cofactors, it is of fundamental importance to understand the partitioning and delivery of these elements. The aim of the 2018 FASEB Trace Elements in Biology and Medicine meeting is to bring together a broad range of scientists studying the roles of essential trace elements in nutrition, health, and medicine, with the goals of advancing our understanding of how cells and organisms balance trace element acquisition, distribution, utilization, trafficking, and storage, with the metabolic demand for each trace element.  

This SRC will include keynote presentations, research and poster talks, and informal research discussions.  Many short talks will be selected from the submitted abstracts.  Session topics include trace element transport and homeostasis, trace elements and host pathogen interactions, trace elements in human disease, imaging, quantifying and sensing trace elements, signaling and regulation, cofactor assembly and trafficking, trace elements in model systems, and new aspects of trace element metabolism. Oral presentations within the sessions will include research using microbes, plants, and animals, as well as applied research studying the roles of trace elements in human nutrition, immunity, development, and disease.

Trainees are highly encouraged to attend this at this meeting.  The conference schedule includes multiple events aimed at enhancing the training of the next generations of scientists, including a career and mentoring workshop, “meet the experts” sessions, and a poster blitz, which provides a platform for graduate students and new post-doctoral researchers to make a critical conference wide first impression and highlight their poster. Importantly, there will be many opportunities for informal interactions with international leaders in a relaxed setting to maximize the exchange of information, stimulate multi-disciplinary collaborations, and to provide opportunity for trainees and junior faculty to interact with the current leaders in the field.

Important Deadlines:

  • Early bird registration deadline April 9, 2018
  • Last day to register May 2, 2018


  • Career Development workshop
  • Keynote and session focusing on host-microbe interactions and the role of trace elements
  • Keynote and session on innovative use of technologies and chemistry to study trace elements in single cells.
  • Opportunities for short talks from submitted abstracts highlighting new breakthroughs

Keynote Speakers

Eric P. Skaar
Vanderbilt University

Christopher J Chang
University of California, Berkeley

Conference Organizers

Chair: Amanda J. Bird
The Ohio State University

Chair: Paul A. Cobine
Auburn University

Co-Chair: Mitchell D. Knutson
University of Florida

Co-Chair: Martina Ralle
Oregon Health Sciences University

Conference Staff

Silvy Song, Conference Manager

Contact Us

Email: src@faseb.org
Phone: 1.301.634.7010



Date & Location


June 3-8, 2018


Granlibakken Resort
725 Granlibakken Road
Tahoe City, CA 96145

Transportation & Lodging

Airport Information

Reno-Tahoe International Airport (RNO) is less than one hour from Granlibakken Tahoe.  Sacramento Airport is 2 hours and 20 minutes from Granlibakken.

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Official Conference Lodging

Granlibakken Resort
725 Granlibakken Road
Tahoe City, CA 96145

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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