The Small GTPases in Membrane Processes Conference

May 15–20, 2022
Nova Scotia, Canada




May 15-20, 2022

The first FASEB Science Research Conference (SRC) on this topic was launched in 2008 and focused on Arf GTPases. Over time, the SRCs progressively included Rabs, Rags, Ras, and Rhos. This year’s SRC explores small GTPases in regulation of membrane processes, coordination with cell functions, and connection to disease. The sessions cover topics on these GTPases and their partners in cell biology, disease, and pharmaceutical potential.

The conference brings together independent investigators and trainees in the basic cell biology community, translational scientists, and clinical researchers, all who have a high interest in small GTPases in membrane processes.

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Important Dates

Abstract Deadline: April 15, 2022
Early Registration Deadline: April 14, 2022
Housing Deadline: April 22, 2022
Cancellation Deadline: April 24, 2022
Registration Closing Deadline: May 11, 2022


The conference's main themes are: 1) Small GTPases in intracellular trafficking, including autophagy: from structure to regulation; 2) Coordination of trafficking with cell polarity and cytoskeleton; 3) Small GTPases in disease: from cancer to neurological disorders; 4) Using small GTPases as drug targets and possible cure.

Conference sessions will present the latest research and foster discussion on:
  • Small GTPases in secretion and endocytosis
  • Small GTPases: regulation and signaling
  • Coordination with autophagy and beyond
  • Structure of GTPases and friends
  • Coordination with cell polarity Coordination with the cytoskeleton
  • GTPases in cell migration, cancer, and immunity
  • GTPases in neurological disorders
  • Small GTPases and their machineries as druggable targets

The conference covers nine sessions, two poster presentations, and one poster overview. The “Meet the Experts” sessions, scheduled during group dinners, give registrants the opportunity to sign up for and dine with one of the day’s speakers in a relaxed roundtable atmosphere.

A Career Development Session encourages students, trainees, and early-career scientists to meet with scientists from academia, industry, and government.

View the program agenda

Keynote Lecture

There will be two keynote speakers including: Jennifer Lippincott Schwartz, PhD, Janelia and Marino Zerial, PhD, Max Planck Institute, who will be the EMBO keynote speaker.



Nava Segev, PhD

Professor, University of Illinois at Chicago

Rytis Prekeris, PhD

Professor, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, Aurora

Peter McPherson, PhD

Professor, McGill University, Montreal, Canada

Registration Fees

Early registration is available until April 14, 2022
Students: $1149 
Invited Speakers: $1299 

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Regular registration fees start on April 15, 2022
Students: $1299 
Invited Speakers: $1299 

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Travel and Lodging

Halifax Stanfield International Airport (YHZ) (56 miles / 88.6 km from hotel)

Oak Island Resort & Conference Centre - 36 Treasure Drive Western Shore, Nova Scotia B0J 3M0, Canada

Single/double $140 CAD/night (exclusive of taxes/fees). The cutoff date is April 22, 2022. The conference registration fee does not include lodging. Please book your lodging through either option below: 
Online or by phone at 1(800) 565-5075 - Choose “GROUP ID 2313” for the discounted rate either online or on the phone. 

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.

To request a 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 rides. FASEB is not responsible for any liability or financial obligation that may arise from voluntary matching made using rideshare options.

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