Trace Elements in Biology and Medicine

Conference Summary


Metalloproteins represent ~30% of the proteins encoded in the human genome that provide essential, non-redundant functions. Deficiency in one of these proteins is commonly associated with a clinically-manifested pathology. Trace elements such as Mn, Fe, Co, Ni, Cu, Zn, Mo and Se are essential to the virulence of human and plant microbial pathogens. Delineation of physiologic homeostasis in humans and in the flora and fauna upon which we rely requires understanding of the mechanisms underlying metal absorption and trafficking. Interest in metals in biology and medicine has intensified in recent years given the role that metals such as Fe and Cu play in neurodegenerative disorders and in the virulence of human pathogens. The intent of this meeting is to bring together the investigators and their trainees who are working at the fore-front of trace elements in biology and medicine using techniques ranging from genetically-modified mice to micro-X-ray fluorescence imaging.

The SRC will open with a session on “Metals in Human Disease”; examples of other sessions are: “Metals in the Biosphere”; “Metalloregulation”; “Metal Imaging, Quantification and Speciation”; " "Metal Ion Transporters"; and "Metals in Protein Aggregation and Neurodegeneration." The Conference closes with a keynote session on the topic of “Metals and Pathogenesis”, with Shelley Payne (UT-Austin) presenting her work on iron in the virulence of Shigella and Vibrio. 

All sessions will include short talks based on abstracts submitted to the conference; the organizers will make a strong effort to target new investigators and trainees in making these invitations. In addition, morning “Poster Blitz” platform presentations will summarize in 3 min talks highlights of the Poster Session that will be offered that afternoon. A primary objective of the four organizers is to ensure the full participation of all conferees including those who will become the core of Trace Elements investigators in the next few decades. Of particular note is that Trace Elements 2016 has been selected for one of the JBC/Herb Tabor Awards to be presented by one of our speakers, Professor Ruma Banerjee. This award will go to one of the trainees or new investigators who participate in the Conference

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Important Deadlines:   Early Bird Extended to April 21, 2016!
       Last Day to Register: May 6, 2016 


  • Opening and closing Keynote Address Sessions
  • Short talks will be selected from submitted abstracts: focus on trainees and new investigators
  • Poster Blitz sessions giving poster presenters platform face-time to advertise their work
  • JBC/Herb Tabor Award selection and presentation

Keynote Speakers

Shelley Payne
The University of Texas/Austin

Conference Organizers

Daniel Kosman
The Unversity at Buffalo

Svetlana Lutsenko
Johns Hopkins University

Amanda Bird
The Ohio State University

Paul Cobine
Auburn University

Conference Staff

Trina Eacho, Conference Coordinator
Pippa O'Shea, Conference Assistant

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

Date & Location

Date: June 5-10, 2016
Location: Mountain Mall, Mammoth Room
                 50 Big Sky Resort Road
                 Big Sky, MT

Transportation & Lodging

Airport Information

The closest airport to the Big Sky area is the Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport (BZN). The lodge is approximately one hour from the airport. Please visit the BZN site for more information.

Shuttle Service and car rentals are available.  Please use the link below for Transportation & Lodging information:

Official Conference Lodging

Big Sky Resort
Huntley Lodge
50 Big Sky Resort Road
Big Sky, MT 

Guest rooms are reserved for attendees at the Huntley Lodge.  All rooms have a private bath, free WiFi, high definition TV, coffee maker, refrigerator, and seating area.  Rooms do not include air conditioning. Onsite amenities include a spa, fitness center, tennis courts and outdoor pool.

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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