The Growth Hormone (GH)/ Prolactin (PRL) Family in Biology & Disease Conference

May 15–19, 2022
Athens, OH


May 15-19, 2022

The aim of this FASEB Science Research Conference (SRC) is to improve our understanding of the regulation and action of growth hormone (GH) and prolactin (PRL) and their specific receptors.

It is well established that GH and PRL regulate growth and lactation, respectively. It is now clear, however, that "GH/PRL hormones" define a family of hormones acting through cytokine receptors, with actions that extend far beyond their originally identified physiological functions—these include regulation of metabolism, inflammation, angiogenesis, fetal programming, cell (stem) recruitment/ proliferation, behavior, and neurogenesis—with implications for the etiology and treatment of diseases such as type-2 diabetes, obesity, arthritis, osteoporosis, psychiatric disorders and cancer.

This SRC evolved from a long-standing prolactin conference that expanded in scope to cover the wide range of functions of the growth hormone/prolactin family of hormones. It has been running under the FASEB banner since 2012 with a worthy goal: that the mixture of fundamental basic science through to clinical research into these pleiotropic hormones will accelerate the translation of knowledge into novel clinical applications.

The conference will present and integrate novel research advances in GH/PRL biology to raise the profile of the field and foster new national and international collaborative projects. A key aspect is to encourage and support emerging investigators/trainees and the participation of under-represented groups. 

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Important Dates

Abstract Deadline: April 11, 2022
Early Registration Deadline: April 14, 2022
Cancellation Deadline: April 24, 2022
Housing Deadline: April 29, 2022
Registration Closing Deadline: May 11, 2022


The main themes of the conference are: 1) The control of secretion of the GH and prolactin family of hormones, and the actions of these pleiotrophic hormones throughout the body; 2) How the function of these hormones change in various disease states; 3) Therapeutic opportunities of manipulating hormone action.

Conference sessions will present the latest research and foster discussion on:
  • Dynamics of hormone gene expression and secretion
  • Heterogeneity of cell types secreting and responding to GH/PRL
  • Neuroendocrinology and behavior
  • Placental lactogens and somatotropins
  • Novel clinical insights
  • Novel drugs and therapeutic opportunities using the GH/PRL family
  • Pleiotropic functions of prolactin and growth hormone
  • Aging and cancer

The conference covers ten sessions with 20 talks based on abstract submissions. For trainees and emerging researchers, the conference features a "Meet the Experts" session with leaders in the field and two interactive, discussion-focused Career Development Sessions with established researchers. All questions are welcome!

Poster boards are 6 feet wide (1.8m) and 4 feet in height (1.2m). 

View the preliminary agenda

Keynote Lecture

This conference will have two keynote lectures by John Kopchick, PhD, Ohio University and Vincent Goffin, PhD, National Institute of Health and Medical Research (INSERM), Paris, France.



Dave Grattan, PhD

Professor, University of Otago, New Zealand

Darlene Berryman, PhD

Associate Dean and Professor, Ohio University, Athens

Registration Fees

Early Registration is available until April 14, 2022
Students: $810
Invited Speakers: $960


Regular registration fees start on April 15, 2022
Students: $960
Invited Speakers: $960


Reimbursement allocations are up to the organizers of each conference and depend on external funding availability, and therefore are not guaranteed. If you would like to be considered for partial reimbursement, please complete this form. If you are selected to receive any reimbursements for your registration and/or travel, you will be contacted via email with further instructions. Please note that this process will take several weeks after the conference occurs. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we work through this process.

Travel and Lodging

Ohio University - 1 Ohio University, Athens, OH 45701 

To request a roomshare or rideshare with other participants click here. Please note that participation is completely voluntary and the responsibility of the individual. FASEB will not be matching or assigning roommates or rides. FASEB is not responsible for any liability or financial obligation that may arise from voluntary matching made using these options.

The discounted lodging rate is $45 per person/per night for single or shared dormitory housing at Ohio University. Dormitory housing, also called the Living Learning Center, is a 5-minute walk to the meeting venue. This rate is available until April 29, 2022. Room rates are exclusive of taxes of 20.5%. There are also discounted rates at Ohio University Inn (a 10-minute walk to the meeting venue). The rate at the Ohio University Inn is $119 plus 13.25% sales/room tax per night.

The registration fee does not include lodging. Please book your lodging for Ohio University online or for OU Inn by phone at 1.866.593.6661 or 740.593.6661. Mention the name of the conference you are attending and dates of stay to access the discounted rate.

Lodging reservations should only be made using the options above. Any solicitation by third-party lodging companies is not endorsed by FASEB. 

Great rates: Enjoy specially negotiated rates which may also be honored for extended stays based on availability. 
Be in the center of activity: Enjoy quick and easy access to all conference functions and networking opportunities.
Additional protection: FASEB may be able to assist you with any issues that arise with the hotel.

The airport provides information on ground transportation options here. The average cost of a taxi from this airport to the conference location is approx. $165. An alternative is Gobus which drops off at the campus (Baker Center) and a one-way ticket starts at $10 at


Travel Awards 

A limited number of travel awards are available to help support trainees attending this meeting. It is expected that applicants are students or researchers in training or non-tenured positions, and that they are submitting an abstract to be considered for oral or poster presentation at the meeting. Click here for more information.

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