Conference Summary

This FASEB Science Research Conference (SRC) is the fourth since its launch in 2012. It is the only meeting of its kind related to the study of the regulation and actions of GH/PRL and their associated hormones, which include IGF1, placental lactogens, and vasoinhibins.  

This conference brings together senior clinicians and basic scientists, industry representatives, early career investigators, and trainees interested in multiple aspect of GH/PRL regulation and function in health and disease. Participants will be able to engage in meaningful, in-depth discussion on the integrative (patho)physiology of these hormones, and cross-foster national and international collaborations. Additionally, trainees and young investigators will be encouraged to continue to pursue a career path in biomedical research.

The main themes of this conference are to: 1) Explore the central and systemic regulation of GH/PRL production under various (patho)physiologic conditions; 2) Identify the receptors and intracellular signal transduction pathways important for GH/PRL regulation of cell-specific function; 3) Discuss the potential to target GH/PRL production and actions to develop novel diagnostics tools and therapeutics to improve human health.

Eight conference sessions will present the latest research findings, and promote engaging discussion and debate, on:

  • Peeling back the layers to unveil new actions for old hormones, GH and PRL.
  • Modifiers of PRL signaling as partners in crime to promote tissue-specific cancer progression
  • From Bench to Bedside: Targeting GH/PRL signaling to develop novel therapies to improve human health
  • GH/PRL-mediated central regulation of neurogenesis and metabolism
  • Can GH/PRL make you a better parent?
  • Delivery and response to systemic cues critical for somatotrope/lactotrope function
  • GH-mediated systemic regulation of metabolism; Insulin-independent and dependent actions
  • Lessons from human genetic defects provide new insights into GH/PRL production and function

Lothar Hennighausen, PhD (National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases) will kick off the meeting with his keynote address, "Understanding Cytokine-sensing Super-enhancers Through the use of the Base Editing in the Mouse Genome." The conference will include eight topic-specific sessions consisting of three to four, 30-minute presentations from established investigators and three to four, 15-minute presentations  that will be selected from submitted abstracts, with a preference for highlighting the work of young investigators and trainees. In addition, two, two-hour poster sessions are scheduled for Monday and Tuesday late afternoon, prior to dinner. Poster medleys will be conducted after the Monday and Tuesday morning sessions and will provide the opportunity for 10 poster presenters to "advertise" their posters using one slide and a 90-second oral summary.  

Trainees and young investigators will also have the opportunity to attend three Career Development Workshops with an expert panel that will be recruited from the speaker and attendee pool to discuss: 1) How to establish meaningful intra- and extramural collaborations (transparency and communication); 2) What you can do to build your professional portfolio beyond authorship; 3) What to look for and how to present yourself for your next position. Further mentoring will be provided by a Meet-the-Expert session on Wednesday afternoon.  Finally, travel awards will be provided for individuals selected for short-talks and for those selected for the most outstanding poster presentations.


Registration Prices for West Palm Beach, Florida

  • $1320 (USD) - Registration without Lodging (The West Palm Beach Marriott)
  • $1680 (USD) - Shared Occupancy with Attendee (The West Palm Beach Marriott)
  • $1950 (USD) - Single Occupancy (The West Palm Beach Marriott)
  • $2650 (USD) - Single Occupancy with Guest (The West Palm Beach Marriott)


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Funding for this conference was made possible, in part by R13AG063485-01A1 from National Institute on Aging (NIA) and the National Cancer Institute (NCI). ‘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

West Palm Beach Marriott
1001 Okeechobee Boulevard
West Palm Beach, FL 33401 USA


Important Dates

  • Advance registration deadline Wednesday, May 22, 2019
  • Last day to register Saturday, June 15, 2019


Abstract Deadline

  • The abstract deadline is Saturday, June 15, 2019 in order to be considered for travel awards.

Conference Organizers

Chair - Rhonda D. Kineman, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, Section of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism, University of Illinois at Chicago, and Research Scientist, Jesse Brown VA Medical Center, USA

Co-Chair - David Grattan, PhD
Professor and Chair, Department of Anatomy, University of Otago, New Zealand

Career Development Organizer - Shoshana Yakar, PhD
Associate Professor, New York University College of Dentistry (NYUCD), David B. Kriser Dental Center, Department of Basic Science and Craniofacial Biology, USA


Keynote Speaker

Lothar Hennighausen, PhD
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
"Understanding Cytokine-sensing Super-enhancers Through the use of the Base Editing in the Mouse Genome"