Conference Summary

This FASEB Science Research Conference (SRC) is regarded as the premier forum in smooth muscle biology and attracts internationally recognized leaders in a number of fields. The conference will be the 13th in a highly successful series of smooth muscle SRC meetings sponsored by FASEB since 1982. At present, this is the only international meeting that focuses exclusively on smooth muscle.

This conference brings together an interdisciplinary group of scientists from academic and clinical backgrounds who study and conduct research on smooth muscle. Presenters will discuss research into a variety of different types of smooth muscle cells, including those in the vasculature, airways, bladder, gastrointestinal tract, uterus, and lymphatic system.

The main themes of this conference are: 1) Explore physiological signaling and functions of smooth muscle cells; 2) Examine pathological alterations in smooth muscle function that lead to disease; 3) Develop novel approaches to target signaling networks in smooth muscle cells to alleviate diseases.

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

  • Ion channels
  • Intracellular signaling
  • New and Notable
  • Intercellular communication
  • Pathophysiology and disease
  • Mechanosensing and regulation of contractility
  • Phenotypic modulation
  • miRNAs/lncRNAs/novel regulators
  • Circulation

In addition to an opening keynote lecture from John G. McCarron, PhD (University of Strathclyde), this conference will feature nine oral sessions, two poster sessions, a career development workshop, and a “Meet the Experts” session.

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Funding for this conference was made possible (in part) by 1R13HL147524-01 from the National Heart, Lung and Blood 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

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

Conference Organizers

Jonathan H. Jaggar, PhD
Maury Bronstein Endowed Professor of Physiology, University of Tennessee, Memphis, USA

Maria F. Gomez, PhD
Professor of Physiology, Department of Clinical Sciences, Lund University, and Director, Lund University Diabetes Centre, Sweden

Keynote Speaker

John G. McCarron, PhD
University of Strathclyde