June 2010

A Capitol Event—ASBMB 2011 in Washington, D.C.

Meetings
2011 annual meeting organizers Kuan-Teh Jeang and Daniel M. Raben.

Washington, D.C., is the place to be from April 9 to 13, 2011. During that time, you will be able to attend the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology’s annual meeting, held in conjunction with Experimental Biology 2011, as well as the National Cherry Blossom Festival. The ASBMB meeting will offer a comprehensive and stimulating menu of cutting edge science, technology and new educational approaches. We also have a new format— award lectures and exceptional plenary lectures will be placed in time slots that do not conflict with other scientific presentations.

Ten Outstanding Symposia

The meeting’s 10 scientific symposia will highlight the interests of ASBMB members and also focus on exciting emerging topics that have not been presented at recent meetings. The symposia themes, presented below, cover evolving concepts in protein biochemistry, lipid biochemistry, carbohydrate metabolism and nucleic acid biochemistry. Four thematic symposia will be presented each day of the meeting. Each symposium will include invited speakers as well as short talks chosen from submitted abstracts. Posters related to the symposium topic also will be presented on the day of the symposium.

A subject that has garnered increasing attention in the scientific community is the regulation of protein synthesis and degradation. This topic has implications for a number of research areas, including stress responses and autophagy. Ivan Dikic (Goethe University Medical School) and Ramanujan S. Hegde (National Institutes of Health) will organize a theme addressing this area, titled “Protein Synthesis and Degradation.” The symposium will cover four subtopics: novel aspects of protein translation; membrane protein biosynthesis; protein folding and quality control and protein aggregation and autophagy.

Over the past 30 years, lipid metabolism has emerged as a central theme in biochemistry. Vytas Bankaitis (University of North Carolina School of Medicine) and Teresa Dunn (Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences) have organized an exciting “Lipid and Membrane Metabolism” theme focused on this topic. The symposium will address current discoveries and new ideas in phosphoinositide biology and signaling; sphingolipid metabolism and biological regulation; phospholipase D and phosphatidic acid signaling and the biology of neutral lipid metabolism and trafficking.

Signal transduction always has held the interest of biochemists and molecular biologists. The “Signal Transduction from the Plasma Membrane to the Nucleus” theme for the 2011 meeting will be organized by Karen O’Malley (Washington University School of Medicine) and Journal of Biological Chemistry Associate Editor Charles E. Samuel (University of California, Santa Barbara). Speakers will present research on JAK/STAT signaling; signaling from endosomes and beyond; sensors and adapters in innate immunity; and a topic titled “Synchronizing the Synchronizers,” which should be very timely.

The interplay between metabolism and disease is receiving increasing attention from the scientific community and the media. Barbara E. Corkey (Boston University) and Marc Prentki (Montreal Diabetes Research Center) have organized presentations for a “Metabolism and Disease” theme that will cover mitochondrial function and disease; metabolic communication; metabolic signal transduction and metabolism and cancer.

For those who want to learn more about enzyme catalysis, Squire J. Booker (Pennsylvania State University) and L. Mario Amzel (the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine) have put together several lectures in the “Structure, Mechanism and Regulation in Enzyme Catalysis” theme. The talks will shed light on kinases, phosphatases and phosphorus in biological reactions; metals in redox chemistry; processive enzymes and sulfur chemistry in biological redox. These enzymes and processes are found in a wide variety of scientific disciplines, and the lectures will highlight the recent discoveries and emerging concepts unifying these topics.

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