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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 17, 2003

International Researchers Visit Dayton

Dayton, Ohio--International researchers come to Wright State University this week for a symposium. The event, the 2003 International Symposium on Cell Volume & Signaling is hosted by Peter K. Lauf, Wright State University Professor and professor in the Department of Pathology. The event is sponsored by the National Institutes of Health (NIDDK) and Wright State University. It runs September 20-24, on the campus of Wright State University.

"This conference is the third international symposium on cell volume and signaling and succeeds previous symposia held in Berlin/Germany (2000) and Smolenice/Slovakia (1997) and is held this month for the first time in the U.S.," states Dr. Lauf. "Understanding the control of cellular volume by conservative and dissipative membrane transport processes and their respective signaling pathways is of fundamental importance in physiology and medicine."

"Thirty-eight experts from more than 13 countries will present advanced modern technologies that permit dissection of these membrane transporters and their control mechanisms, thereby explaining wide-ranging disorders such as cystic fibrosis, bowel disorders, hematological disorders such as sickle cell disease, diabetes, renal disorders, neuropathies, brain edema, hypertension and stroke, to name a few," states Lauf. Speakers include: Vladimir Strbák, Slovak Academy of Sciences; Harold K. Kimelberg, Albany Medical College; Frank Wehner, Max Planck Institute, Germany; Jasunobo Okada, National Institute of Physiology, Okazaki, Japan; and Else K. Hoffmann, August Krogh Institute, Denmark. Students and scientists from WSU will participate in lectures with approximately 30 poster presentations in the Student Union's Apollo and Discovery Rooms.