Paraoxonases in Inflammation, Infection, and Toxicology
The pivotal role of the Paraoxonases (PON) family in a variety of inflammatory diseases, e.g. atherosclerosis, in preventing the toxicity of organophosphorus insecticides and nerve agents and a variety of other compounds has made them an interesting target for both clinicians and scientists alike. Research into the paraoxonase (PON) family of enzymes (PON1, PON2 and PON3) has increased exponentially over the last five years especially following the initiation of paraoxonase conferences.
The first two international conferences on paraoxonases were a great success. The "First International Conference on Paraoxonases" was held at the University of Michigan April 2004, in honor of Professor Bert N La Du, a pioneer in paraoxonase research. (Sadly, Professor La Du passed away in February 2005). The researchers in the paraoxonase field regrouped and organized the "2nd International Conference on Paraoxonases" in Hungary (September 2006) which was a grand success due to a number of excellent scientific presentations and enhancement of collaborative research in this field.
The objectives of the 3rd ICP remains the same as the previous two conferences: to disseminate the latest aspects of research into the genetics, biochemistry, structural biology, regulation of PONs and their roles in inflammatory diseases e.g. atherosclerosis with expert lectures from 20 invited plenary lecturers and another 30-40 short and poster presentations from young investigators.
The conference organizers anticipate a global attendance at the conference of between 150- 200 persons. Particular aspects of this conference will include the Bert N La Du Memorial Lecture, 3 Memorial Traveling Fellowships for Young Investigators and a round table discussion on the impact of the latest research on PON. UCLA provides a great venue for students, postdoctoral fellows and clinical scientists to interact with experts in the PON fields of study. The explosion of research into the PON family makes this a timely conference to review recent exciting advances in the field and provide an environment for cross-fertilization of ideas, particularly important for researchers new to the field.
The first time a connection has been made between Paraoxonases and inflammation, toxicology, and Infection in the same book