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Signal transduction, receptors, mediators and genes: younger than ever - the 13th meeting of the Signal Transduction Society focused on aging and immunology

Frank Entschladen1*, Joachim Altschmied2, Ria Baumgrass3, Iris Behrmann4, Klaudia Giehl5, Heike Hermanns6, Otmar Huber7, Arnd Kieser8, Lars-Oliver Klotz2, Katharina F Kubatzky9, Ralf Hass10, Ottmar Janssen11 and Karlheinz Friedrich7

Author Affiliations

1 Institute of Immunology, Witten/Herdecke University, Germany

2 Environmental Health Research Institute at the Heinrich-Heine-University, Düsseldorf, Germany

3 German Rheumatism Research Center, Berlin, Germany

4 Life Science Research Unit, University of Luxembourg, Luxembourg

5 Internal Medicine I, University Hospital Ulm, University of Ulm, Germany

6 Rudolf-Virchow-Center, DFG-Research Center for Experimental Biomedicine, University of Würzburg, Germany

7 Department of Biochemistry II, Jena University Hospital, Jena, Germany

8 Department of Gene Vectors, Helmholtz Center Munich - German Research Center for Environmental Health, Munich, Germany

9 Medical Microbiology and Hygiene, Ruprecht-Karls-University, Heidelberg, Germany

10 Department of Gynecology, Laboratory of Biochemistry and Tumor Biology, Medical University of Hannover, Germany

11 Molecular Immunology, Institute of Immunology, Christian-Albrechts-University, Kiel, Germany

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Cell Communication and Signaling 2010, 8:2  doi:10.1186/1478-811X-8-2

Published: 11 February 2010

Abstract

The 13th meeting of the Signal Transduction Society was held in Weimar, from October 28 to 30, 2009. Special focus of the 2009 conference was "Aging and Senescence", which was co-organized by the SFB 728 "Environmentally-Induced Aging Processes" of the University of Düsseldorf and the study group 'Signal Transduction' of the German Society for Cell Biology (DGZ). In addition, several other areas of signal transduction research were covered and supported by different consortia associated with the Signal Transduction Society including the long-term associated study groups of the German Society for Immunology and the Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and for instance the SFB/Transregio 52 "Transcriptional Programming of Individual T Cell Subsets" located in Würzburg, Mainz and Berlin. The different research areas that were introduced by outstanding keynote speakers attracted more than 250 scientists, showing the timeliness and relevance of the interdisciplinary concept and exchange of knowledge during the three days of the scientific program. This report gives an overview of the presentations of the conference.