The Trace Elements in Biology and Medicine Conference

June 12–16, 2022
Asheville, NC

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June 12-16, 2022

Launched in 1983, this FASEB Science Research Conference (SRC) is dedicated to elucidating the role of trace elements in model organisms and mammals. By integrating molecular and biomedical research, this conference has been highly successful in fostering fruitful collaborations across disciplines and in identifying novel systems and approaches to solve problems related to micronutrients and health.

A notable strength of this conference series has been its ability to bridging the gap between basic and applied science. It unites basic scientists, who examine the molecular details of trace element homeostasis in diverse model systems, with clinical scientists/physicians, who study the direct impact of trace elements on human health, nutrition, and disease.

The conference strongly promotes the attendance of women, individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, individuals with disabilities, and individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. A substantial part of the program is reserved for junior investigators and trainees. Additionally, funds have been set aside to enable and encourage junior investigators/trainees, women, and minority scientists who are pursuing careers in trace elemental research to attend this conference.

Important Dates

Abstract Deadline: May 2, 2022
Early Registration Deadline: May 12, 2022
Housing Deadline: May 29, 2022
Cancellation Deadline: May 22, 2022
Registration Closing Deadline: June 8, 2022


Conference presentations address the following areas of investigation:
Session 1 – metals and metal-ion transporters in the etiology of disease, highlighting new treatments
Session 2 – exciting new roles of trace elements in biological processes, Part 1
Session 3 – cellular trafficking of metals and interactions among metals
Session 4 – role of metals as enzyme co-factors and new cutting-edge techniques to elucidate the roles of metals in biological systems
Session 5 – novel roles of trace elements in health and disease, Part 2
Session 6 – molecular mechanisms of how various organisms maintain metal homeostasis
Session 7 – how metals participate in cancer etiology and progression
Session 8 – how cellular metal requirements can be defined and how cellular and/or systemic metal levels are altered by nutrient imbalances or infections

Conference sessions will present the latest research and foster discussion on:
  • Trace elements and disease, Part 1 and 2
  • New frontiers in trace elements
  • Metal homeostasis and metal interactions
  • Co-factors, enzyme function, and techniques
  • Trace element acquisition, sensing, and regulation
  • Trace elements in cancer
  • Trace elemental pathways nutritional dependency

The conference covers eight sessions and 14 abstract presentations. The program includes:
  • A “Meet the Experts” session for junior investigators to meet and talk informally with leaders in their respective fields.
  • A Career Development Workshop that provides practical information about writing an academic resume/CV, a cover letter, and the differences between applying to industry and academia.
  • A poster blitz session to help graduate students and post-doctoral researchers “pitch” their research in a clear and concise fashion.

Keynote Lecture

There will be two keynote lectures by Sabeeha Merchant, PhD, University of California, Berkeley and Brent Stockwell, PhD, Columbia University.



Mitchell Knutson, PhD

Professor, University of Florida

Martina Ralle, PhD

Associate Professor, Oregon Health and Science University

Registration Fees

Early Registration is available until May 12, 2022
Students: $949
Invited Speakers: $1099

Regular registration fess start on May 13, 2022
Students: $1099
Invited Speakers: $1099

Travel and Lodging

Renaissance Asheville Hotel - 31 Woodfin Street, Asheville, NC 28801

$169 USD/night plus 13% in current taxes and fees, available through June 12, 2022 only.
The registration fee does not include lodging. Please book your lodging through either option below:
Online or by phone at 800.627.7468 (Mention “2022 FASEB Conference-Trace Elements” for 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 for Asheville (AVL) and here for Charlotte (CLT). The average cost of a taxi from this airport to the conference location is approximately $45 AVL and $310 CLT.

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