Washington Update

Upcoming Virtual Catalyst Conferences Highlight Emerging Areas of Biology

By: Jennifer Zeitzer
Thursday, January 13, 2022
FASEB Catalyst Conferences are short, virtual meetings that allow organizers to test new topic areas for future conferences, create a following for a specific field of research, and make the case for support from new sponsors for emerging topics. The Catalyst Conferences also help build speaker rosters for future meetings and allow organizers to gain the skills they need to become organizers of the larger FASEB Scientific Research Conferences.  Several upcoming conferences will explore emerging areas in biological science over the next few weeks. 

“Matricellular Proteins in Respiratory-Tract Immunomodulation and Infection” will take place on January 19 from 10 am to 3 pm ET. Organized by Douglas Hamilton, PhD, from the University of Western Ontario and Kurt Hankenson, DVM, PhD, of the University of Michigan, the meeting will focus on understanding the role of matricellular proteins in pulmonary immunology and responses to infection. This is particularly timely given the need to better understand the pathophysiology of Sars-Cov-19 and long-term sequalae of viral induced inflammation. There is no charge for this conference. Attendees can register online and view the preliminary agenda. 

“Immune Repertoire Decoding” is scheduled from 11 am to 3:30 pm ET on January 26. This conference was organized by Karsten Sauer, PhD, Vice President at Repertoire Immune Medicines, and will feature leading experts discussing recent advances in decoding the specific T cell clonotypes mediating or protecting from disease along with their recognized antigen epitopes in the context of human HLA haplotypes. This information promises to enable next-generation T cell clonotype or epitope targeted immunotherapies for cancer, autoimmune, or infectious diseases that are both more efficacious and safer than current therapies. Registration is free and the conference program is available online. 

Patricia L. Morris, MS, PhD, of Rockefeller University and Hannah V. Carey, PhD, of the University of Wisconsin-Madison are the organizers of “The Nexus of Soil and Water Quality: Impacts on the Health of Humans, Animals, and Ecosystems.” The conference is on February 2–3 from 11 am to 3:30 pm ET. Feature speakers will focus on current geoscience, biological, and biomedical research in soil and water quality and influences on the health of humans, ecosystems, and the environment. Those interested in attending can register online. Registration is complimentary.

Interested in organizing a Catalyst Conference? Learn more from this recorded webinar and email us for more information.