Southeastern Regional Lipid Conference(SERLC)
FOR THE 47TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE
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The Southeastern Regional Lipid Conference (SERLC) is one of the largest and most established academic meetings on lipid biology research in the United States ( 46th annual meeting from November 9th-11th, 2011). The main themes are sphingolipids, phospholipids, and eicosanoids, their analysis by state of the art lipidomics, and the determination of their biological function in cell signaling and cell biology. Additional topics covered are the structural and functional analysis of unique sphingolipids and phospholipids in plants, fungi, bacteria, and infectious diseases. It is attended by about 150-200 participants. Two senior speakers from outside of the southeastern region give keynote talks
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Bioactive lipids and impact on public health
The southeastern region of the United States holds records in obesity, cancer, and stroke occurrences. Interestingly, the regions of the “ obesity belt”, “ cancer belt”, and “ stroke belt” stretching over the southeast are highly overlapping and account for more than half of the occurrences of diseases in the US related to obesity, cancer, and stroke. It has become increasingly evident that lipid imbalances as occurring in obesity lead to type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome, two disease processes triggering chronic inflammation, which aggravates cardiovascular, cancerous, and neuropathological conditions. While lipid signaling factors may not be the immediate cause of a disease, they can worsen its course and outcome. Therefore it is necessary to understand the biological cell signaling function of inflammatory, tumor promoting, and apoptosis-inducing lipids.
Training of students and junior scientists
Session talks and poster presentations are exclusively given by students and post-docs. Abstracts will be selected to receive travel awards that cover the registration fee and travel costs for the awardees. Senior post-docs and young faculty are selected to chair the sessions.
Representation of women and participants from minority groups
More than one third of the principal investigators have been women.. In 2010, 31 out of 65 presenters were female students and post-docs. A particular number of travel awards is reserved for students and post-docs who are women or members of minority groups.
Networking with scientific societies and other conferences
SERLC networks with the Charleston Ceramide Conference (CCC), the Gordon Research Conferences on glycolipids and sphingolipids and the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology(ASBMB). At ASBMB, information on lipids and SERLC can be found in the "Lipid Corner”.
Networking with suppliers and sponsors
Sponsors are given ample opportunity to engage into idea exchange with scientists at SERLC. This has resulted in the rapid conversion of scientific needs into widely available reagents and instrumentation. As a premier example, Dr. Walter Shaw (Avanti Polar Lipids), a lipid scientist by training, has supported this conference since 1987. Sponsors such as Matreya, Cayman, Thermo Scientific, Bruker, Exalpha, and others have followed this example and have been continuously supportive of this conference.
2011 Keynote Speakers