May 21, 2010

Symposium to explore basement membranes in tissue development

Symposium to explore basement membranes in tissue development

An international symposium on basement membranes in tissue development and regeneration will be held at Vanderbilt University July 7-9.

The keynote speaker will be Karl Tryggvason, M.D., Ph.D., of the Karolinska Institute, who identified the molecular basis of five genetic diseases.

June 1 is the deadline to register and to submit abstracts for poster sessions or oral presentations. There will be many opportunities for students and postdoctoral fellows to present their data.

To register, go to and click on the registration link near the center of the page.
Other speakers include:

• Nick Brown, Ph.D., of Cambridge University, whose studies in Drosophila helped reveal the role of integrins in development;

• Reinhard Fassler, M.D., of the Max Planck Institute, one of the leading world authorities on integrin function;

• Brent Polk, M.D., longtime Vanderbilt gastroenterologist and new chair of Pediatrics at the University of Southern California, who helped characterize the role of the immune system in intestinal cell growth and development;

• Kiyo Sekiguchi, Ph.D., of Osaka University, a leader in the structure and function of laminins; and

• Lydia Sorokin, Ph.D., of the University of Muenster, an expert on the role of basement membranes in blood vessel integrity, stability and function.

Vanderbilt speakers include Billy Hudson, Ph.D., James Patton, Ph.D., and Pampee Young, M.D., Ph.D.

For more information, contact Roy Zent, M.D., Ph.D., at