Seashells by the zinc shore: A meeting report of the International Society for Zinc Biology, Asilomar, CA 2014

Michal Hershfinkel*, Dianne Ford, Shannon Kelleher, Elias Aizenman

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The 2014 ISZB meeting provided an exciting forum for presenting zinc biologyrelated research across the full spectrum. ISZB meetings are among the few scientific gatherings that are truly interdisciplinary, bringing together scientists from widely diverging fields, all having in common the desire to study the role of zinc in biological systems. Thus membrane transporters and cell signaling are discussed with relevance to structure/ function relationships, while physiological and pathophysiological studies are described inmany species and acrossmost organ systems. Novel tools and techniques are presented to researchers and potential users to allow dissemination of zinc research-related information for the benefit of a wide scientific community studying various aspects of zinc in biology. This is one meeting that should not be missed by biochemists, cell and molecular biologists, physiologists, or anyone interested in the rich and exciting biology of zinc. We all look forward to our next gathering in Istanbul, Turkey, September 25-29, 2016, ISZB would like to thank Qiagen, Pfizer, Teva Pharmaceutical Industries, Novartis Pharma AG, Shino Test Corporation, Strem Chemicals, Genostaff and Hamari Chemicals for their generous donations that helped support the meeting. Book prizes for excellent talks were kindly provided by The Royal Society of Chemistry, Springer and IOS Press. Travel awards were supported inpart by NIH grant GM112419. Theauthors would also like to thank Wolfgang Maret, Daren L. Knoell, Robert A. Colvin and David I. Soybel for their invaluable contributions to the organization of the meeting.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1299-1304
Number of pages6
Issue number9
Early online date30 Jul 2015
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2015


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