The Protein Phosphatases Conference

Jointly hosted by FASEB and the Japanese Association for Protein Phosphatase Research (JAPPR)

December 11-15, 2022
Palm Springs, CA 



December 11-15, 2022

This joint conference merges two of the longest-standing protein phosphatase conferences: The FASEB Protein Phosphatases Science Research Conference (SRC), launched in 1990 by Edmond Fischer, PhD, who shared the 1992 Nobel Prize for protein phosphorylation, and the Japanese Association for Protein Phosphatase Research (JAPPR) conference, launched in 1993 by Kunimi Kikuchi, MD, PhD.

This joint conference features the most current work on the structure, regulation, and function of protein phosphatases, paying particular attention to their roles in human disease and their validation as drug targets. It highlights major achievements, and new approaches, to generate conduits to integrate and complement phosphatase knowledge with other fields of research and to fuel the interest of industrial and academic groups in drugging phosphatases.

A primary goal of the meeting is to refresh and renew the field through the engagement and development of new and young scientists—especially junior faculty, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, women, and minorities—and facilitate ties and collaboration between the FASEB and JAPPR phosphatase research communities.

The conference brings together established scientists in the phosphatase field, established scientists from other fields, and trainees and new investigators who are interested in learning more about phosphatases. The range of expertise varies widely from basic science to translational and clinical studies, including but not limited to biochemistry, cell biology, structural biology, human pathology, medicinal chemistry, neuroscience, and immunology.

Due to the re-emergence of phosphatases as druggable targets, an increasing number of phosphatase-focused small businesses and programs in medium and large pharma have been established. Thus, in addition to academic scientists, significant participation of scientists from industry is expected and desired.

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Important Dates

Abstract Deadline: November 4, 2022
Early Registration Deadline: November 10, 2022
Cancellation Deadline: November 20, 2022
Housing Deadline: November 27, 2022
Registration Closing Deadline: December 7, 2022


The conference's main themes are: 1) Structure and regulation of protein phosphatases; 2) Roles of protein phosphatases in cancer and other human diseases; 3) Druggability of phosphatases and validating them as therapeutic targets.

The conference will highlight the latest research and foster discussion on the following topics:
  • Phosphatases in cancer
  • Biochemistry of phosphatases
  • Phosphatases in cell signaling networks
  • Phosphatases in heart/lung/GI pathophysiology
  • Phosphatases in neurobiology and neuropathology
  • Phosphatases in immunity
  • Therapeutic targeting of phosphatases
Included in the program are nine sessions, two career development workshops and one “Meet the Expert” sessions for students, postdoctoral fellows, and investigators to network with leaders in the field.

View the current agenda.

Keynote Lecture

There will be three keynote lectures including lectures by Arthur Weiss, MD, PhDUniversity of California San Francisco, Takashi Matozaki, MD, PhDKobe University and a lecture by the Lifetime Phosphatase Science Awardee, Benjamin Neel, MD, PhD, New York University Langone Health



Nunzio Bottini, MD, PhD

Professor, Kao Autoimmunity Institute - Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA

Ryuichi Sakai, MD, PhD

Professor, Kitasato University, Japan

Rosalie Sears, PhD

Professor, Oregon Health and Science University

Koji Okamoto, MD, PhD

Professor, Teikyo University, Japan 

Poster Information

Posters must be no larger than 7 ft wide by 3 ft tall (or 213 cm wide by 91 cm tall).

Travel and Lodging

Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa - 41000 Bob Hope Drive, Rancho Mirage, California 92270 

View activities available at and near the resort. For spa and other services at the resort, please click here.

Special Request- At the requests of the organizers, please kindly minimize the chances to bring cosmetic chemicals such as pod-type detergents, colognes, perfumes, Al-based deodorants, and hairspray to the meeting.

Single/double $170/night (incl. taxes/fees). The cutoff date is November 27, 2022

The registration fee does not include lodging. Please book your lodging through either option below: 
Online or by phone at 1-888-444-OMNI (Mention “2022 FASEB Protein Phosphatases Group” for the discounted rate).

Room Sharing
If you would like to share a room with an attendee that you already know, you may contact the hotel directly and they will help set up the accommodations. 

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 for Palm Springs (PSP), here for Ontario (ONT) and here for Los Angeles (LAX). The average cost of a taxi from this airport to the conference location is approx. $35 (PSP), $250 (ONT), and $400 (LAX). 


Travel Award Grants

Meeting scholarships are available through generous support from the National Institutes of Health and several companies. The Jordan’s Guardian Angels Foundation is generously supporting three additional meeting scholarships for attendees whose abstracts that are focused on PP2A. Eligibility is restricted to undergraduate, MS or PhD students, or postdocs who have less than five years total postdoc training at the time of submitting an application. You must also be presenting a talk and/or poster at the meeting to be eligible. Awards will be used to reimburse attendee registration.

How to Apply 
Submit the following information: 

  1. Your abstract (title, authors, institution, body of abstract)
  2. A letter of intent with the following four sections and signed by the applicant:

Section 1: Copy and paste: “I am applying for the FASEB-JAPPR SRC Protein Phosphatase Conference award. This application is approved by my mentor (include the mentor’s name, title, and mentor’s contact information with email address). I also attest that I will be attending the entire conference. If my circumstances change, and I cannot attend the event, I will immediately notify the chairs of the meeting, or"

Section 2: (no more than 100 words): Career goal statement 

Section 3: (no more than 150 words): Please indicate in this section:

  • If you work to support your undergraduate or MS education and, if you do, where do you work and how many hours per week you work
  • Whether you are a licensed practitioner in the United States or Japan or other countries
  • Whether you self-identify as a person belonging to an underrepresented group in the scientific workforce as listed here and, if you do, indicate which categories you identify with and how they apply to you
  • Any other information to support the prioritization of your abstract for selection

Section 4: Publication list (if any)

Where to Send Applications
Complete applications should be emailed to

Deadline Information
Applications should be received on or before November 4 to allow for timely review of applications. Awardees will receive a registration reimbursement of $1,089 (USD). Awardees will have to cover their own travel and lodging costs. 

Questions about the awards should be emailed to the conference chairs, Nunzio Bottini ( or Ryuichi Sakai (  

Funding for this conference was made possible (in part) by 1R13CA271707-01 from the National Cancer Institute, the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and the National Institute on Aging. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention by trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.