Announcement for 2017 Experimental Biology

The annual Experimental Biology meeting will take place April 22-26, 2017 in Chicago, IL. This multidisciplinary, scientific meeting features plenary and award lectures, workshops, oral and posters presentations, on-site career services and exhibits spotlighting equipment, supplies and publications required for research labs and experimental study.

Bonnie Blazer-Yost, PhD, will be chairing and speaking at a symposium titled Transport Proteins and Cellular Signaling in Choroid Plexus Epithelia. Elucidating the regulation of transport proteins in the choroid plexus is important for understanding normal brain development and function, but is also crucial for resolving a variety of cerebral challenges that lead to brain edema as well as developing treatment for diseases such as pediatric hydrocephalus, normal pressure adult hydrocephalus, sleep disorders, and age-related dementia. Recent progress in the field warrants a symposium on transporters and signaling in the choroid plexus epithelia. The symposium is expected to attract scientists from the broader fields of blood-brain-barriers, transport physiology as well as water and solute homeostasis. One of the major goals of the symposia is to stimulate cross-disciplinary discussion regarding the regulation of CSF quantity and quality in both health and disease.

Dr. Blazer-Yost is a HANDS member and a recipient of HA’s 2015 innovator award.

Click here for more information on the 2017 Experimental Biology Conference.

SRHSB Annual Meeting

From June 21 to 24, 2017, the Society for Research into Hydrocephalus and Spina Bifida (SRHSB) Annual Meeting will take place. SRHSB is a 61-year old Society that is unique in combining research and clinical interests in both hydrocephalus and spina bifida. The conference will take place in St. Louis, MO at the Eric P. Newman Educational Center on the WUSM campus. Young investigators are also invited to apply for the Guthkelch Award, which will give $2,300 to the best presentation.

Abstracts and Guthkelch Award submissions are due February 15, 2017.
This year, SRHSB will join with the International Children’s Continence Society (ICCS), led by Paul Austin, a pediatric urologist at WUSM, for a comprehensive conference of about 300 professionals. The ICCS is a very active group with an international membership 2-3 times the size of the SRHSB.  Because the ICCS shares the SRHSB’s interest in spina bifida, there will be a full day for combined presentations by members of both Societies. There will also be a Special Symposium on Transition of Care in Hydrocephalus and Spina Bifida and several excellent invited presentations on fetal treatments for myelomeningocele and tethered cord.

For more information, go to the SRHSB website.