This application is a request for funding to support the expenses that early career epithelial physiologists (undergraduate and graduate students, as well as post-doctoral fellows) to participate and present their work at Epithelial Transport Group (ETG) scientific sessions during Experimental Biology (EB) 2014. The ETG is part of the American Physiological Society (APS) annual meeting. The ETG and APS meetings will take place April 26-30, 2014 in San Diego, CA, under the umbrella of the EB Meeting. The ETG has been a recognized group by the APS since the 1970's. Before 1992 the ETG became an official Group within APS. The ETG was created to bring together epithelial transport physiologists from different APS sections, which are usually organized based on the study of different organ systems. As in previous years, the ETG scientific sessions at EB 2014 are designed to promote interaction between epithelial physiologists from diverse backgrounds. Our sessions provide a collegial forum for epithelial physiology trainees to present their work and to get feedback from more senior scientists from different institutions that would otherwise not interact with the trainees. The lectures, symposia and poster sessions organized by the ETG offer many networking opportunities that potentiate the career advancement of junior epithelial physiologists. The ETG leadership encourages submissions from scientists and trainees that belong to underrepresented groups. All ETG sessions provide a forum where junior attendees present their work as oral and/or poster presentations and obtain feedback from more senior scientists. Under the leadership of the ETG Chair Dr. Moshe Levi, in 2008 the ETG instituted the Ussing Lecture. This lectureship recognizes scientists who have made fundamental contributions to our understanding of epithelial transport and diseases of epithelial transport, especially in topics related to membrane channels. Recent awardees include Drs. Thomas Kleyman, Peter Aronson, Paul Quinton, Peter Agre, Thomas Jentsch and Lisa Satlin. In 2011, the ETG established the Steve Hebert Lecture to recognize scientist who have made fundamental contributions in the field of epithelial transport. The first awardee was Dr. Ernest Wright in 2011, followed by Drs. Bill Guggino and Gerardo Gamba in 2012 and 2013. In 2014 the planned ETG Symposium is "Trafficking in Epithelial Cells". The featured topics are "Regulation of Epithelial Transporters, Paracellular Transport, and Regulatory Proteins", which will include free communication presentations along with an oral presentation by the Steve Hebert Awardee Dr. Paul Welling from the Univ. of Maryland. The second featured topic with free communications is "Regulation of Epithelial Ion and Water Channels, and Regulatory Proteins" and will include this year's Ussing Lecturer, Dr. Eleanor Lederer from Univ. of Louisville. We believe that the support derived from this application will enhance the scientific and personal career development of junior epithelial physiologists, by affording unique learning/participation opportunities and promoting contact with the wider epithelial transport physiology community members at EB 2014 in San Diego, CA.
The Epithelial Transport Group (ETG) sessions at the Experimental Biology (EB) meetings include the featured topic free communication sessions, a symposium, and poster sessions. The ETG sessions at EB2014 address novel, cutting edge research in the epithelial transport physiology field spanning many different organ systems and organisms. Our sessions bring together a very unique and knowledgeable group of scientists from around the world. This setting affords trainees opportunities to experience and interact with these scientists that would not otherwise be available to them. The PI of this application, on behalf of the APS and the ETG steering committee, requests funds to partially support trainees (undergraduate, graduate students, and post-doctoral fellows) to attend ETG scientific sessions at EB 2014. We believe that the support derived from this application will enhance the career of junior epithelial physiologists, by bringing them in contact with the wider epithelial transport physiology community members at EB2014 in San Diego, CA.