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New Joint Conference Explores Basic Science of Stress Biology

July 15, 2022

Meeting Offers New Opportunity for Society’s Basic Scientist Members

By Joseph Laakso, PhD, Director, Science Policy 

The Society is renowned for its diverse membership of endocrine investigators and clinicians from around the world. This fall, we are proud to present a new conference designed specifically for our basic scientist members. 

We have teamed up with the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) to host The Mechanisms of Allostasis Conference: Stressed or Stressed Out. 

Taking place September 18-22 in New Orleans, La., the meeting will present cutting-edge research on the basic science of stress biology, along with new discoveries on the fundamental mechanisms of allostasis and generation of allostatic load. 

Science Flourishes in Smaller, More Focused Settings

This meeting grew out of our commitment to address the needs of our basic scientist members. 

In discussions with our Basic Science Advisory Group, we learned that researchers are increasingly drawn to smaller, more focused conferences. This event is part of our effort to develop new meeting opportunities and experiences that resonate specifically with our scientist members. 

To this end, the conference will feature six sessions and up to six abstract presentations, along with meet-the-expert sessions integrated into conference lunches. Session topics include:

  • Stress-reproductive neuroendocrine communication
  • Stress and the gut microbiome-brain axis
  • Stress and mitochondria
  • Programming of homeostatic mechanisms during brain development
  • Central circuits controlling the autonomic nervous system and homeostasis
The design of this conference grew out of our experience with the FASEB Science Research Conference program, which has long served as a model for fostering focused, smaller research conferences. As a FASEB member organization, we saw an opportunity to create a unique endocrine-focused meeting that would advance our field.  

Launching something new is exciting.

We’re excited to present an event where scientists can interact and generate ideas for future research directions and professional collaborations. 

We’re excited to provide professional development opportunities where graduate students and postdoctoral fellows can network with peers and experienced investigators at all career stages.

And we’re excited about our lineup of exceptional speakers. We’re particularly thrilled to welcome Liisa Galea, PhD, professor and distinguished university scholar at the University of British Columbia, to deliver the keynote lecture on Sunday night.

Cohosting a new conference is a major undertaking. We sincerely appreciate the organizing committee, including Drs. Kellie Church, Tracy Bale, and Marc Tetel for their leadership and guidance as we embarked on this new project. We also recognize the valuable contributions of Robert J. Handa, PhD, to the planning of this conference and look forward to honoring his memory at a special session featuring selected talks from submitted trainee abstracts. 

We fully expect this event to be a resounding success. We also hope it sets a precedent for many more basic science meetings ahead.


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