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Highlights from Cell Signaling Networks 2011

27 January 2012

Nancy R. Gough

In October 2011, organizers Fernando López-Casillas, José Vázquez-Prado, and Teresa Hernández-Sotomayor assembled an impressive cast of scientists to present their work and insights into the progressing field of signal transduction. The CSN 2011 meeting was a joint effort of the 13th International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (IUBMB) Conference, the 1st Panamerican Association for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (PABMB) Conference and the 3rd Meetings of the Signal Transduction Branch and Oxidative Stress Branches of the Sociedad Mexicana de Bioquímica (SMB) and took place on 22-27 October 2011 in Mérida, Mexico, an area of Mexico rich in Mayan culture. As one of the organizers explained, Mérida was chosen because one of the goals of the IUBMB is to be the "science Robin Hood" and take science where it is well developed to places where it is less so.

The talks included overviews of major emerging themes in signaling research, as well as detailed, specific presentations during the concurrent sessions. Many of the speakers gave excellent overviews in their areas of expertise, as well as describing some of their newer work, which made the meeting a great one for younger scientists who are still learning the field and for the established scientists interested in the latest findings. Over the course of the next few weeks, I will post some of my notes with highlights from selected plenary symposia. Other attendees are encouraged to fill in any gaps by submitting their own comments on topics from the meeting that are not covered here or who took away a different message from one of the talks or posters.

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