Tetraspanins as Targets and Markers of Cancer and Infectious Disease

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This 9th International Tetraspanin Conference will focus on building a unifying hypothesis and understanding of tetraspanins in normal biology and disease. Tetraspanins are a family of transmembrane proteins that lack catalytic activity and function by assembling and regulating membrane protein complexes involved in signal transduction. Highlights of the conference will include how tetraspanins can be used as biomarkers or therapeutic targets in cancer and infection, a deeper exploration of the role of tetraspanins in normal cellular homeostasis, and the molecular mechanisms by which they function. The newest findings in these areas will be presented to bring a better understanding of how tetraspanins work together to orchestrate and refine the vast network of signaling events that need to be controlled in complex organisms, and understand what can go wrong when they do not function properly. The goal of the conference is to provide a highly collegial atmosphere between scientists at all levels of training with a mutual interest in understanding how tetraspanins function.

Invited Speakers:

Shoshana Levy, Stanford

Natarajan Muthuswamy, Ohio State University

Mark Wright, Monash University

Annemiek Van Spriel, Radboud University

Jatin Vyas, Mass General Hospital

Markus Thali, University of Vermont

Peter Monk, University of Sheffield

Luise Florin, University of Mainz

Thomas Gallagher, Loyola University

Linda Partridge, University of Sheffield

Mickael Menager, Institut Imagine

Emanuela Gussoni, Boston Children’s Hospital

Eric Rubinstein, INSERM

Cindy Miranti, University of Arizona

Xin Zhang, University of Oklahoma

Jennifer Gillette, University of New Mexico

Martin Hemler, Harvard Medical School

Chris Stipp, University of Iowa

Mike Tomlinson, University of Birmingham

Fedor Berditchevski, University of Birmingham

Elena Odinstova, University of Birmingham

Steve Blacklow, Harvard Medical School

Maria Yanez-Mo, University Hospital of La Princesa

Jun Liu, Cornell University - Ithaca

Andrew Goldberg, Oakland University

Harald Junge, University of Colorado

Andries Zijlstra, Vanderbilt University


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Travel: Closest airports to Biosphere2 are Tucson International (1 hour) and Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport (2 hours). A shuttle van from Tucson Airport for groups of 10 can be arranged @ ~$20/person. Taxi fare is approximately $100 each way. For those wishing to arrive a day early or stay a day longer, it is recommended you stay near the Tucson airport if you want to take advantage of the shuttle service.

Parking: Plenty of free on-site parking is available.

Housing: Housing at Biosphere2 consists of single and double occupancy rooms in 3 and 4 bedroom Arizona-style Casitas. Speakers will be provided with single rooms, attendees will be paired in double rooms. Each Casita is fully furnished with kitchen, two baths, and common sitting areas and includes the usual hotel amenities. Rooms and Meals are included in the registration fee. Details on the Biosphere2 venue: http://biosphere2.org/conferences/portfolio-casitas

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