It is with great excitement that we invite you to participate in the Akira Arimura Memorial VIP/PACAP and Related Peptides Symposium: 30 years after PACAP Discovery, to be held on the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) campus November 3-6, 2019. This continues the biennial series of symposia dedicated to the enhancement of our knowledge of the biology of VIP and related peptides which began with the First International Symposium on Vasoactive Intestinal Peptide (VIP) and Related Peptides, held in Brussels in September 1983. In particular, the current symposium is dedicated to the late Professor Akira Arimura, who along with Professor Atsuro Miyata, initially reported the discovery of PACAP 30 years ago.Our knowledge of the actions of these peptides has grown at an exponential rate, and we now are aware of their critical involvement in the regulation of brain development, injury and repair, stress, metabolism, inflammation, circadian rhythms, learning and memory, and regulation of numerous peripheral organ systems via their actions within brain circuits that control endocrine and autonomic and enteric nervous systems. Moreover, the intracellular signaling systems continue to undergo interrogation as do mechanisms that control the expression and activity of the peptides and their receptors. As a result of persistent work by investigators and their interactions in meetings such as these, VIP and PACAP peptide receptor systems have emerged as key regulators not only in homeostasis, but in many human diseases, including diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular disease, PTSD, depression, autoimmune disorders, reproductive deficits, cancer and neurodegenerative disease.
The scientific program will consist of plenary lectures, symposia on a diversity of topics, and state-of-the-art lectures. In particular, we encourage the participation of young investigators, and plan to provide to them travel awards selected from submitted abstracts as well as poster awards. As a component of the meeting, some of the lectures will focus on the translational and therapeutic implications of these peptides. We also expect to announce the winner of a 2-year grant to a young investigator for translational research on PACAP.
UCLA provides not only an excellent academic environment, but close proximity to Pacific Ocean beaches, the Getty museum, Beverly Hills shopping, excellent cuisine, many other attractions.
We look forward to welcoming you to Los Angeles and for your active participation in this symposium.