Experimental Biology/Congress of the IUPS meets March 31 - April 6 in San Diego

December 16, 2004

What: More than 16,000 biological and biomedical scientists will gather for Experimental Biology 2005, an annual meeting that brings together scientists from dozens of different disciplines, from laboratory to translational to clinical research, from throughout the United States and the world.

This year, the International Union of Physiological Sciences (IUPS) will hold its 35th Congress - a meeting held every five years - in conjunction with the Experimental Biology meeting. The IUPS Congress theme, "From Genomes to Functions," fits well with Experimental Biology's focus on how advances in genetics, especially the translation of the human genome, lead to better understanding of healthy states as well as of why and how diseases develop and how they can be better diagnosed, treated, and prevented.

When: Experimental Biology 2005 meets April 2 - 6. The IUPS Congress meets March 31 - April 5. In addition, a number of IUPS satellite symposia will be held within a 150-mile radius of San Diego immediately before or after the larger meeting.

Where: San Diego Convention Center, San Diego, California

Who: Sponsoring societies of Experimental Biology 2005 are American Association of Anatomists; The American Association of Immunologists; The American Physiological Society, together with the International Union of Physiological Sciences; American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; American Society for Investigative Pathology; American Society for Nutritional Sciences; and American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics. Thirty-three guest societies, many of them international, broaden the scope of the meeting.

Why this meeting is important to science: Throughout the week, scientists ¬ and reporters covering the meeting ¬ will be able to choose among scientific presentations listed in telephone-book sized programs, searchable computer disks, and the "fast-breaking" announcements made during the meeting itself. For many, it is a rare chance to so easily slip out of the boundaries of their own specialty and listen to scientists who address some of the same problems ¬the pathogenesis of cardiovascular disease or cancer, for example - but who are armed with the viewpoint and tools of entirely different disciplines

Media Contact: For information and to register for the meeting, contact Sarah Goodwin, media relations for EB 2005/IUPS, at 770-270-0989 or ebpress@bellsouth.net. Visit the EB web site at http://www.faseb.org/meetings/eb2005/ for information about the meeting and press activities. Meeting updates will be posted at www.eurekalert.org as well.

Pressroom Hours:

Press Releases and Briefings

-- Pressroom briefings begin on Saturday and end on Tuesday. Press kits will be issued along with programs and abstract books upon registration. All EB/IUPS releases have embargoed information, pertaining to time of pressroom presentation or scientific session, whichever comes first.

-- An area in the pressroom will be designated for news releases provided by institutions or exhibitors and must be about presentations at the meeting.

Pressroom Policies and Guidelines

-- EB/IUPS is open to media representing print, electronic, online, general interest, trade, and medical publishing companies.

-- To register as press, a journalist must present media identification or a business card issued by a news organization. Media must register at the "Registration Information" Desk at the San Diego Convention Center. Media can register during the following hours:

-- Freelance journalists must present a letter of assignment from a news organization and a business card.

-- Registered journalists must wear press badges when attending the meeting and when covering EB/IUPS-sponsored events. All of the scientific sessions as well as receptions are open to the press.

-- Camera crews must register all members of the crew and wear badges.

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