October 2011

Overview: See you in San Diego!

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Please join us in San Diego April 21 – 25 for the annual meeting of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, part of the Experimental Biology meeting. A wide range of scientists – from undergraduates to established senior investigators – will explore the breadth and depth of biochemistry and molecular biology through an exciting and comprehensive program we developed in collaboration with President Suzanne Pfeffer and the Program Planning Committee. The program includes award lectures honoring seminal scientific discoveries and achievements in biochemistry and molecular biology as well as exceptional plenary lectures.

The meeting will be composed of 11 thematic symposia that emphasize cutting-edge research in fields near and dear to the hearts of ASBMB members. These symposia consist of exciting lectures by invited speakers and short talks chosen from submitted abstracts. Special emphasis will be placed on choosing abstracts by undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral trainees.

In this issue of ASBMB Today, we preview six of the scientific programs for the 2012 meeting. Look for more coverage in the November issue.

In this issue 

The Gene Regulation theme, co-chaired by Karen Adelman (National Institute of Environmental Health) and Yang Shi (Harvard Medical School), will include sessions spanning several topics, including basic mechanisms for gene regulation, regulation of gene transcription during growth and development, the relationship between chromatin structure and transcription machinery, and histone modification and recognition.

The RNA theme, co-chaired by Manny Ares (University of California, Santa Cruz) and Tracy Johnson (University of California, San Diego), will highlight advances in the molecular understanding of mRNA splicing, dynamics of RNA folding, RNA-mediated regulation and regulation of ribosome-mRNA interactions.

DNA Replication, Recombination and Repair, co-chaired by Peter Baumann (Stowers Institute for Medical Research) and Patrick Sung (Yale University School of Medicine), will include sessions that focus on underlying mechanisms of DNA repair and replication and how these events are coupled. In addition, a session on the roles of telomeres and telomerase in chromosome integrity will be provided.

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