Genetics Society of America's 51st Annual Drosophila Research Conference

March 17, 2010

Bethesda, MD (March 17, 2010) - More than 1600 basic research scientists who study genetic models in Drosophila (fruit flies) are expected to attend the 51st Annual Drosophila Research Conference in Washington, DC, April 7-11, 2010.

Representatives of the media are invited to attend the scientific presentations, including plenary, platform, poster and workshop sessions. Eligible media will receive complimentary registration (see below). Media may register at www.surveymonkey.com/s/DrosophilaMedia.

For hotel registration, please go to the meeting site at www.drosophila-conf.org/2010/pages/hotel.shtml#1.

I. SCIENTIFIC PROGRAM -- For the complete program and Schedule of Events, see www.drosophila-conf.org/cgi-bin/dros10-cgi/drosSOE.pl.

Plenary Sessions, Thursday, April 8, 8:30 AM - 12:00 Noon*Available after Plenary Session to speak with media.

Plenary Sessions, Sunday, April 11, 8:30 AM - 12:00 Noon*Available after Plenary Session to speak with media.

Platform Sessions on Thursday, Friday and Saturday (April 8-10) will cover the following 16 topics:For more information on these sessions, please see the Schedule of Events, www.drosophila-conf.org/cgi-bin/dros10-cgi/drosSOE.pl . Abstracts selected for presentation will be available for review online on March 17, 2010.

II. MEDIA PARTICIPATION

Media Eligibility:

The 51st Annual Drosophila Research Conference is open to media representatives, including those from bona fide print, broadcast, radio, and online venues, and freelance writers on a verifiable assignment from an established news source.

In addition to completing the online registration form, freelancers must send the GSA Public Relations and Communications Office a confirmation of assignment letter from their editor on the news organization's letterhead.

Complimentary meeting registration will be available to members of the media who provide appropriate press credentials and identification.GSA does not issue media credentials to the following: any publication's advertising, marketing, public relations or sales representatives; publishers, editors or reporters from exhibiting companies; "in-house" newsletters or promotional publications staff; public relations representatives of exhibitors or educational institutions; writers creating analyses or reports sold as a commodity to customers; financial analysts; medical education companies; or other individuals who are not actually reporting on the content of the 51st Annual Drosophila Research Conference. NOTE: Bloggers or reporters who are plenary or poster presenters must register for the meeting at http://www.drosophila-conf.org/2010/pages/register.shtml.
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Media Contact Information

For all press registration and general media relations inquiries, or to request an interview with a particular speaker at the 2010 51st Annual Drosophila Research Conference, please contact:

Phyllis Edelman
Manager, Public Relations and Communications
Genetics Society of America
E-Mail: pedelman@genetics-gsa.org
Tel: 301-634-7302

ABOUT THE GENETICS SOCIETY OF AMERICA

Founded in 1931, the Genetics Society of America (GSA) is the professional membership organization for geneticists and science educators. Its more than 4,000 members work to advance knowledge in the basic mechanisms of inheritance, from the molecular to the population level. The GSA is dedicated to promoting research in genetics and to facilitating communication among geneticists worldwide through The Genetics Society of America Conferences including the biennial conference on Model Organisms to Human Biology, an interdisciplinary meeting on current and cutting edge topics in genetics research, and annual and biennial meetings that focus on the genetics of particular organisms. GSA publishes GENETICS, the leading journal in the field. For more information about GSA, please visit www.genetics-gsa.org.

Genetics Society of America

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