|Heme is synthesized in all living cells, but in erythroid cells, additional heme is required to effectively produce physiological amounts of hemoglobin. In fact, more than 80 percent of the heme synthesized in mammals occurs in the erythroid compartment. New discoveries about the role of heme in fundamental cell and molecular biological processes have prompted the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) to organize a 2-day workshop on "Heme Regulation During Erythropoiesis," to be held September 16 - 17, 2008, at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel and Conference Center. Space at the workshop is limited, so early registration is encouraged.
The purpose of this workshop is to bring together scientists focused on:
The program consists of plenary speakers who will present their latest research results. The format is designed to stimulate robust discussion between participants.
- Heme Biosynthesis
- Heme as a Cofactor and as a Regulator
- Coordinating Regulation of Heme and Globin Synthesis in Erythroid Cells
- Heme Homeostasis and Trafficking
- Heme Catabolism
- Human Disease and Heme
Janis Abkowitz, University of Washington
Terry Bishop, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
Jane-Jane Chen, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Mitchell Weiss, University of Pennsylvania
For questions concerning program content, contact:
Terry Bishop, Ph.D.
Division of Kidney, Urologic, and Hematologic Diseases
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
Phone: (301) 594-7726
For questions concerning logistical information, contact:
Denise Hoffman, CMP
The Scientific Consulting Group, Inc.
Phone: (301) 670-4990
Fax: (301) 670-3815