This application is a request for primary and secondary funding support for a conference entitled "X-ray Fluorescence Microscopy (XFM) in Biology" to be held at Northwestern University Medical School (downtown campus), Chicago, IL on August 9 and 10th 2013. The mission of the conference is to allow current users of XFM and similar microscopy techniques to exchange data and ideas and at the same time to popularize the use of XFM in biology and medicine and grow a pool of investigators using XFM technique;we expect this will increase the yield of cutting edge research on metallic nanomaterals, metallic imaging agents, metalomics, and studies of effects of environmental pollutants including radionuclides, heavy metals, and nanomaterials. The majority of NIBIB funds requested are for sponsoring student/post-doc travel and poster awards.
X-ray Fluorescence Microscopy (XFM) is a technique uniquely suited for investigation of elemental content in biological, medical and environmental samples;thus, information obtained by XFM could benefit many aspects of human health. In order to increase knowledge about XFM among biomedical scientists we will organize a conference about biological applications of XFM. We request funds to attract students and postdoctoral participants to attend the conference and become a base for a pool of young investigators using XFM.