The Lung Epithelium in Health & Disease

Conference Summary

This SRC presents emerging areas of scientific interest in lung epithelial biology in development, homeostasis, and disease. It again addresses critical issues on lung epithelial biology such as stem cells and regenerative medicine, while expanding sessions to encompass themes such as single cell analytical approaches, cell-cell communication within the epithelial compartments as well as between epithelia and stroma, and immune interactions—current subjects of high interest to the lung community with many great advances pending. It will provide opportunities not only for scientists working on lung epithelial biology, but also synergize interactions among attendees in all these fields.

This conference will (1) highlight the latest developments in epithelial barrier maintenance and its disruption during acute lung injury; (2) promote the understanding the impact of the cystic fibrosis gene on host defense to pulmonary infections; (3) connect new insights in the fields of ER stress and cell senescence to the vulnerable pulmonary epithelium of individuals at risk for pulmonary fibrosis; (4) dissect the biological distinctions between epithelial proliferation as a repair mechanism and tumorigenesis; (5) present the impact of the newest tools in single cell analysis on understanding lung development, repair, and disease; and (6) characterize epithelial-mesenchymal interrelationships that maintain lung homeostasis and orchestrate repair and regeneration. The entire program has been designed to achieve a better understanding of the key clinical research issues and how they relate to basic mechanistic investigation.

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Important Deadlines:   Early Bird: June 16, 2016         Last Day to Register: July 1, 2016  


  • Experts in the field of lung epithelial biology will come together to discuss the most cutting edge science with a large collection of diverse scientists.
  • Sixteen abstract-driven oral presentations and acknowledgement of one presentation with the Jo Rae Wright Outstanding Young Investigator Award
  • Three engaging poster sessions that will match thematically the day's plenary sessions. These sessions have traditionally been, and will continue to be, exciting opportunities for young investigators to interact and receive feedback from established leaders in the field.
  • Two exciting tracks of Roundtable sessions, that will feature close interaction between senior investigators, junior faculty, and trainees.  One Roundtable session, "How to tell a story", will focus on strategies in preparing effective grant application and the second session will be a discussion of how to find an independent faculty position and start a new lab. 

Keynote Speakers

Ed Morrisey
University of Pennsylvania

Conference Organizers

Carla Kim
Boston Children's Hospital

Michael Koval
Emory University

Hal Chapman
University of California

Conference Staff

Trina Eacho, Conference Coordinator
Pippa O'Shea, Conference Assistant

Contact us:
Email:  src@faseb.org   Phone: 1.301.634.7010

Date & Location

Date: July 31-August 5, 2016
Location: Horowitz Performing Arts Hall and 
                 Nita Choukas Theater
                 10 Long Walk
                 Saxtons River, VT

Transportation & Lodging

Airport Information

Vermont Academy in Saxtons River, Vermont is 130 miles from Logan International Airport (BOS) in Boston, Massachusetts and 110 miles from Bradley International Airport (BDL) near Hartford, Connecticut.

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Official Conference Lodging

Vermont Academy
10 Long Walk
Saxtons River, VT

The sleeping rooms at Vermont Academy are dormitory style rooms with shared bathrooms. The rooms are not air conditioned, but fans are provided. You may request a key for your room; however, a $20 refundable deposit is required.

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