Conference Summary

Launched in the mid-1980's, this FASEB Science Research Conference (SRC) is the longest-running US-based scientific meeting devoted to exploring the molecular mechanisms and biological consequences of recombination. 

This conference aims to unite investigators studying many diverse aspects of genetic recombination in a range of biological systems, and who use different experimental approaches.

The meeting’s main themes are: 1) Explore how eukaryotic and prokaryotic chromosomes recombine, and consequences for the cell when recombination fails or causes chromosome rearrangements; 2) Determine how recombination and other double-strand break repair pathways are integrated with progression through cell division cycles and with other chromosomal processes, such as transcription and replication; 3) Develop new approaches to studying recombination and its relation to human syndromes with propensity to cancer, premature aging, immune dysfunction, and neurological degeneration.

Conference sessions will present the latest research and foster discussion on:

  • The molecular mechanisms behind each step in the recombination reaction
  • Genome rearrangements that occur during the development of cancer
  • Telomere dynamics
  • Meiotic recombination
  • Repair of DNA damage associated with replication
  • The influence of chromatin structure on recombination
  • Recombination and cell cycle checkpoints

The conference will feature an opening overview/keynote session, eight plenary sessions, three poster sessions, and two concurrent career development workshops aimed at students/postdocs and at junior faculty. From 10-15 oral presentation slots (up to 25 percent of the program) will be filled from submitted abstracts.

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    Funding for this conference was made possible (in part) by 1R13CA239032-01 from the National Cancer Institute. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the NIH; 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, Colorado 80487 USA

    Conference Organizers

    Scott Keeney, PhD
    Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator and Member, Molecular Biology Program, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY, USA

    Xiaolan Zhao, PhD
    Member, Molecular Biology Program, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY, USA