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Autophagy as a Common Pathway in Diseases 2018

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Autophagy is a carefully choreographed cellular response to stress and environmental changes. The cell creates specific structures to facilitate targeted degradation of components in lysosomes, thereby recycling materials and adjusting cellular contents to suit the new environmental conditions. In recent years, researchers have implicated disruptions of autophagy in numerous diseases within the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) mission. These include cystinosis, the systemic amyloidoses, tuberous sclerosis, acute tubule necrosis, and ciliopathies. The purpose of this conference is to bring together autophagy researchers and those working on NIDDK-relevant disease biology to explore potential common mechanisms and to discuss potential therapeutic development strategies. If successful, this meeting will promote new collaborations and avenues of investigation that identify novel diagnostic tools and new interventions and improve clinical outcomes for diseases relevant to the NIDDK’s mission.

Organizing Committee

External Organizers

Emery Bresnick, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin–Madison

Ana Maria Cuervo, M.D., Ph.D., Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Elizabeth P. Henske, M.D., Harvard Medical School

Gur P. Kaushal, Ph.D., University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

NIH Organizers

Bonnie Burgess-Beusse, Ph.D., NIDDK, Division of Digestive Diseases and Nutrition

Carol Renfrew Haft, Ph.D., NIDDK, Division of Diabetes, Endocrinology, and Metabolic Diseases

Paul Kimmel, M.D., NIDDK, Division of Kidney, Urologic, and Hematologic Diseases (KUH)

Rebekah Rasooly, Ph.D., NIDDK, KUH

Cindy Roy, Ph.D., NIDDK, KUH

Stefan Maas, Ph.D., National Institute of General Medical Sciences, Division of Genetics and Developmental Biology, Developmental and Cellular Processes Branch

José Velázquez, Ph.D., National Institute on Aging, Division of Aging Biology

Registration Deadline

February 26, 2018

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Natcher Conference Center
Building 45, Room E1/E2
45 Center Drive
Bethesda 20894

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Program Contact
Cindy Roy, Ph.D.
T: 301-594-8805

Meeting Logistics
John Hare, M.S., CMP, CGMP
The Scientific Consulting Group, Inc.
T: 301-670-4990

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