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Gordon Research Conference Cell Biology of Metals

Sunday, July 28, 2013 - Friday, August 02, 2013
Salve Regina University, Newport, RI

This is a relatively new meeting, first organized in 2005, that focuses on the uptake, trafficking, and utilization of nutrient metals (iron, copper, zinc, and manganese, primarily) in cells and organisms and how these processes relate to human health. The cell biology of metals is an emerging field and this conference is the key venue for exciting unpublished work in nutrient metals, with presentations of work in humans and mice as well as plants and single celled organisms. This meeting has proven very popular with the rapidly expanding community of nutrient metal researchers and routinely attracts 130-140 attendees. Metals are important nutrients for both children and adults and disruption of metal nutrition has impacts on a wide range of diseases. In the past, about half of the meeting focused on iron and heme, and we have had very exciting presentations on new mouse models of anemia, mechanisms of hereditary hemochromatosis and iron overload disorders, hepcidin-mediated iron homeostasis, and the basic cell biology of iron in eukaryotes. The meeting has also hosted talks related to diseases of copper transport and metabolism (e.g. Menkes and Wilson diseases, SOD-deficient amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) and defects of zinc transport and homeostasis (Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, acrodermatitis enteropathica).

Padma Maruvada, (301) 594-8884,

Co-funding Institute(s):
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
Office of Rare Diseases Research

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