The 5th International Conference on Retinoids


Stay tuned for upcoming details regarding the June 2022 in-person meeting!

Day 1: Wednesday June 9, 2021

Time (Eastern)Event
12:00 - 12:10 PMDay 1 Welcome Address
Maureen A. Kane, Conference Chair
12:10 PM - 12:55 PMKeynote Address with Q&A
 Fraydoon Rastinejad (Oxford University)
12:55 PM - 1:05 PMBreak
1:05 - 2:40 PM

Session 1: Retinoids in Immunoregulation and Cancer

  • Invited speaker - Behad Afzali (NIH/NIDDK)
  • Invited speaker - Eleftherios Mylonakis (Brown University)
  • Selected from abstracts - Siddappa Byrareddy (University of Nebraska Medical Center) - "Retinoic Acid modulates SIV/HIV Pathogenesis and Reservoirs Activation"
  • Selected from abstracts - Orsola di Martino (Washington University of Saint Louis) - "Mapping RXRA structural domains required for retinoid sensitivity in AML cells"

Panel / Q&A discussion with speakers from Session 1 Part 1


  • Selected from abstracts - Cheng-Hsin Wei (Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research) - "Retinoic Acid Receptor γ (RARγ) Selective Agonist Improves Immune Checkpoint Blockade in Murine Lung Cancer Models"
  • Selected from abstracts - Wilhelm Berger (Johns Hopkins University) - "The RXR Agonist UAB30 Predominantly Activates RXR:RAR regulated genes with Minimal Activation of RXR:LXR or RXR:PPAR regulated ones in Murine Macrophages"
  • Selected from abstracts - Nisha Rani (Tisch Cancer Institute, Mount Sinai, New York) - "PAH2 domain of Sin3A/MXD1 Complex is a second repressor of Retinoic Acid Receptor Beta Expression in Breast Cancer Cells"
  • Selected from abstracts - Jennifer Nhieu (University of Minnesota) - "Regulation of exosome secretion by cellular retinoic acid binding protein 1 contributes to systemic antiinflammation"
  • Selected from abstracts - Maggie Ferris (Washington University) - "Identification of Retinoid Receptor Protein Interactions by proximity-dependent biotinylation"
Panel / Q&A discussion with speakers from Session 1 Part 2
2:50 - 4:25 PM

Session 2: Retinoid Metabolism, Homeostasis, and Enzymology

  • Invited speaker - D. Brian Foster (Johns Hopkins University)
  • Invited speaker - Jaume Amengual (University of Illinois Urbana Champaign)
  • Selected from abstracts - Sarah Glass (Vanderbilt University School of Medicine) - "Interaction of human cytochrome P450 27C1 with cellular retinoid binding proteins"

Panel / Q&A discussion with speakers from Session 2 Part 1


  • Selected from abstracts - Maya Haaker (Utrecht University) - "Study of retinoid metabolism in quiescent hepatic stellate cells by culture in Matrigel"
  • Selected from abstracts - Joan Ribot (University of the Balearic Islands-CIBEROBN-IdISBa) - "Novel markers of metabolic impact of exogenous retinoic acid revealed by plasma targeted metabolomics"
  • Selected from abstracts - Julia Steinhoff (Charité University School of Medicine, Institute of Pharmacology, Center for  Cardiovascular Research) - "A novel crosstalk of fatty acid and retinoid homeostasis involving FGF21"
  • Selected from abstracts - Stephanie Zalesak-Kravec (University of Maryland, Baltimore- School of Pharmacy) - "Role of cellular retinol-binding protein, type 1 and retinoid homeostasis in the adult mouse heart: a multi-omic approach"
  • Selected from abstracts - Eyby Leon (Children's National Hospital) - "ALDH1A2-Related Disorder: A New Genetic Syndrome due to Alteration in the Retinoic Acid Pathway"
Panel / Q&A discussion with speakers from Session 2 Part 2
4:25 - 4:55 PMPoster Session (in the virtual platform)
4:55 - 5:55 PMCareer Development Event – (Topical breakout rooms in the virtual platform)


Day 2: Thursday June 10, 2021

Time (Eastern)Event
12:00 - 12:15 PMDay Two Welcome Address
Maureen A. Kane, Conference Chair
12:15 - 1:35 PM

Session 3: Retinoids in Vision, Disease, and Biology

  • Invited speaker - Hui Sun (UCLA) - "Vitamin A Influx and Efflux Through the Transmembrane Receptor for Plasma Retinol Binding Protein"
  • Selected from abstracts - Dillon Brown, (Georgia Institute of Technology & Emory University)- "Increasing Ocular All-trans Retinoic Acid Alters Scleral Biomechanics and Induces Myopia in Mice"
  • Selected from abstracts - Michael Cockrum (UC Berkeley)- "Detection of 9-cis-retinal in the mouse retina"

Panel / Q&A discussion with speakers from Session 3 Part 1


  • Selected from abstracts - Jean Moon (Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine)- "Vitamin A homeostasis is controlled by retinoic acid-dependent feedback mechanisms"
  • Selected from abstracts - Johana Coronel (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)- "Regulation of plasma cholesterol by β-carotene and β-carotene oxygenase 1 in mice"
  • Selected from abstracts - Anthony Miller (University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign)- "The synthetic retinoid Fenretinide inhibits the conversion of β-carotene to vitamin A in Mice"
  • Selected from abstracts - Kelli Goggans (University of Alabama at Birmingham)- "The Role of Retinol Dehydrogenases in the Regulation of the Hair Cycle"
  • Selected from abstracts - Jianshi Yu (University of Maryland, Baltimore)- "Effect of radiation on the essential nutrient homeostasis and signaling of retinoids in a non-human primate model with minimal bone marrow sparing"
Panel / Q&A discussion with speakers from Session 3 Part 2
1:35 - 1:45 PMBreak
1:45 - 3:35 PM

Session 4: Retinoids in Embryonic Development, Regenerative Medicine,
 and Novel Pharmacological Applications

  • Invited speaker - John Welch (Washington University of St. Louis) - "Distribution of natural retinoids in mouse hematopoietic cells in vivo and response to hematopoietic stressors"
  • Invited speaker -  Masahiro Iwamoto (University of Maryland School of Medicine) - "RARγ agonist loaded nanoparticle is a novel therapeutic modality to block heterotopic ossification"
  • Selected from abstracts - Amy Defnet (University of Maryland, Baltimore) - "Dysregulated retinoic acid signaling in airway smooth muscle cells in asthma"
  • Selected from abstracts - Stephen Shannon (Stowers Institute) - "Rdh10-mediated Retinoic Acid Signaling Regulates the Neural Crest Cell Microenvironment During ENS Formation and in Hirschsprung Disease"

Panel / Q&A discussion with speakers from Session 4 part 1


  • Invited speaker - Xiao-kun Zhang (Xiamen University) - "Centrosomal localization of RXRalpha promotes PLK1 activation"
  • Invited speaker - Robin Clugston (University of Alberta) - "Is marginal vitamin A status a risk factor for congenital birth defects: evidence from congenital diaphragmatic hernia"
  • Selected from abstracts - Tiffany Duong (Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center) - "Retinoic acid signaling restricts the size of the first heart field within the anterior lateral plate mesoderm"
  • Selected from abstracts - Thao Dao (University of Rochester) - "The roles of retinoic acid pathway in the shell and embryonic development of the mollusc Tritia"
Panel / Q&A discussion with speakers from Session 4 Part 2
3:35 - 4:30 PMPoster Session
4:30 - 5:00 PMAwards Presentation and Business Meeting and Wrap-up