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Conference Summary

For over 30 years, this biennial FASEB Science Research Conference (SRC) has provided a rigorous yet intimate venue for presentation, discussion, and the exchange of ideas among scientists at the forefront of research on gastrointestinal (GI) health and disease.

This conference brings together the full breadth and diversity of gastroenterology research—from molecules to cellular interactions to microbiota to intact organisms—including relevant GI disease states such as infections, inflammatory bowel disease, and cancer.

Conference sessions will present the latest in research findings and foster engaging discussion and collaborations on:

  • Transcriptional regulatory networks in intestinal morphogenesis and homeostasis
  • Function and plasticity of the enteric nervous system
  • Effects of the microbiota-gut-brain axis on cognition and behavior
  • Novel approaches and model systems for GI biology
  • Physiology and pathophysiology of intestinal transport function
  • Determinants of homeostasis in the microbiota
  • Environmental determinants of mucosal inflammation, Crohn’s disease, and ulcerative colitis
  • Basic and translational aspects of GI cancers

In addition to an opening keynote lecture from Lora Hooper, PhD (UT Southwestern Medical Center), the sessions will include platform talks from established investigators and early-career rising stars. The careful selection of invited speakers and platform chairs will reflect the scientific and personal diversity in the field.

This conference will provide a strong overview of cutting-edge GI research and a critical venue for trainees and early career investigators to showcase their work. To maximize the number of investigators given exposure, abstracts from trainees and young investigators will be selected for short talk presentations. In addition, two poster and two oral presentation sessions of rapid-fire “ePoster” presentations will be held.

In addition to scientific sessions, the meeting will have several important career development components. “Meet-the-Expert” breakfast mentoring sessions will provide small-group mentoring opportunities for junior investigators. Workshops on career development, mentoring relationships, and resource management are planned, featuring NIH staff and experienced investigators. They will add a rich component of mentoring and development for junior trainees.

This conference will facilitate face-to-face interaction between investigators in multiple aspects of GI biology and disease. It will bring young researchers into contact with established investigators who can contribute to their mentoring and career development, driving new collaborations and promoting synergy in the field.

A Conference Favorite

The sought-after gastrointestinal group of musician scientists, GI Distress, will be performing twice at this year's conference! Their covers of classic rock from the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s is going to be a highlight!


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    Funding for this conference was made possible (in part) by 1 R13 DK 121501 -01 from NIDDK. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention by trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.



    Conference Location

    The Steamboat Grand
    2300 Mt. Werner Circle
    Steamboat Springs, CO 80487 USA

    Conference Organizers

    Kim E. Barrett, PhD
    Distinguished Professor of Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology, University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, USA

    John F. Rawls, PhD
    Associate Professor, Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, Duke University School of Medicine and Director, Duke Microbiome Center, USA

    Scott B. Snapper, MD, PhD
    Wolpow Family Chair and Director, IBD Center at Boston Children's Hospital, Director of IBD Research at Brigham & Women’s Hospital, and Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School, USA

    Keynote Speaker

    Lora Hooper, PhD
    UT Southwestern Medical Center