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Roles of TGF-ß in Disease Pathogenesis: Novel Therapeutic Strategies (C4)

Organizer(s) Anita B. Roberts, Michael B. Sporn and John M. McPherson
March 28—April 2, 2005
Keystone Resort • Keystone, Colorado USA
Abstract Deadline: Nov 29, 2004
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Early Registration Deadline: Jan 28, 2005

Supported by The Director's Fund

Summary of Meeting:
Elucidation of the signal transduction pathways of TGF-ß has heralded an exciting new era enabling insights into molecular mechanisms of this multifunctional molecule in both normal adult physiology and disease pathogenesis, including especially wound healing, fibrosis, carcinogenesis and immune cell dysfunction. Characterization of the receptor kinases and identification of the Smad signaling pathway has identified new molecular targets and led to development of novel inhibitors of the pathway. Increased understanding of the biochemistry of TGF-ß itself has also enabled development of anti-ligand approaches. Our goal for this conference is to bring together researchers focused on the basic biochemistry of TGF-ß and on the use of animal models to elucidate its roles in disease pathogenesis and researchers from Biotech/Pharma who are developing new drugs based on the TGF-ß pathway to both enhance our insights into mechanisms of action of TGF-ß and provide novel therapeutic approaches for clinical treatment of disease.

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