NAS Sackler Colloquium From Functional Genomics of Model Organisms to Crop

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NAS Sackler Colloquium From Functional Genomics of Model Organisms to Crop
April3-5, 2006 at Washington DC, USA

Meeting Overview
The sequencing of the Arabidopsis and rice genomes provided unlimited possibilities to determine the function of genes, and information from these plants enhances the quality of information about crop plants. Functional analyses precede with ever more sophisticated tools enabled by modern biochemistry, cell biology, and physiology. Introduction of genes to silence or express single or multiple genes is routine for all major crop plants, and has exposed the potentials for plant breeding not previously available. Hundreds of millions of US citizens enjoy daily diets that contain products of genetically modified corn made resistant to the European corn borer. Herbicide tolerant and insect resistant soybean, canola and cotton provide increased incomes to farmers.

Recent advances in research make it clear that the potential for other advances in food and nutrition and sustainable agriculture is enormous. The purpose of the colloquium is to present the fundamental breakthroughs that will impact the future of food and agriculture, and the technical and non-technical challenges of bringing discoveries to the consumer. Lecturers are asked to include insight to potential consumer responses to the biotechnology in which they participate. The colloquium will be structured to address graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, directors of public granting agencies, and policy makers.

Registration Information
Registrations will be accpeted only when the registration fee is included and in the order in which they are received. The registration fee is $350, which includes the cost of meals, reception, and banquet. However, an early registration fee of $250 (also including meals, reception, and banquet) is available to those posting their registration by February 3, 2006. A reduced all-inclusive registration fee of $100 is offered to Graduate Students and Postdocs.

Student Travel Reimbursements
Attendance at the Colloquium is limited to 250 registered individuals. To facilitate the participation of younger scientists, we request that you extend this invitation to interested graduate students and postdocs. The NAS has provided funds to supplement the expenses of participating graduate students and postdocs up to $100 for hotel costs and $250 for air travel. A maximum of 25 awards will be granted, with priority based exclusively on the order in which requests (accompanied by the registration fee) are received. Notification of the award will be made shortly after receiving the application but the awards will be paid after the Colloquium, upon documentation of qualifying expenses.

Poster Session Information
The organizers have added a poster session to the colloquium, scheduled for 5:00 p.m. 6:30 p.m. at the NAS Building on Tuesday, April 4, 2006. To participate in the poster session, send a short abstract (no longer than one page) of your poster presentation to Alyssa Cruz at eval(unescape('%64%6f%63%75%6d%65%6e%74%2e%77%72%69%74%65%28%27%3c%61%20%68%72%65%66%3d%22%6d%61%69%6c%74%6f%3a%61%63%72%75%7a%40%6e%61%73%2e%65%64%75%22%3e%61%63%72%75%7a%40%6e%61%73%2e%65%64%75%3c%2f%61%3e%27%29%3b')) by Monday, March 13, 2006. A listing of posters will be included in the colloquium booklet and will be e-mailed to all colloquium attendees shortly before the meeting. The colloquium booklet will contain the final program, presentation abstracts, poster abstracts, and an attendee contact list.