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Trojans focus on oxidative stress and disease at conference

The international forum features advanced discussions of age-related diseases

by USC staff

Sixteen USC professors, postdoctoral fellows and graduate students attended the 2015 Gordon Research Conference on Oxidative Stress & Disease supported by the USC Free Radical Institute (FRI).

The conferences provide an international forum for the presentation and discussion of research in the biological, chemical and physical sciences. Scientists with common professional interests came together for a full week of discussion and examination of the most advanced aspects of their field.

This year’s gathering focused on how changes in redox signaling — the concept that electron-transfer processes play a key messenger role in biological systems — trigger and participate in age-related diseases.

The emerging role of redox signaling dysfunction is gaining significant support in the fields of aging and age-related disease — diabetes, ocular dysfunction, stroke, heart disease, cancer, etc. — and challenges the current paradigm that damage by reactive oxygen and nitrogen species to macromolecules is the primary pathologic event that drives aging.

The conference’s invited keynote speakers included FRI Director Kelvin Davies, dean of faculty and research at the USC Davis School of Gerontology; FRI Co-Director and USC School of Pharmacy Professor Enrique Cadenas; and USC Davis Dean Pinchas Cohen. In addition, USC Davis postdoctoral scholar Rachel Raynes and Ph.D. student Laura Pomatto were selected to give oral presentations at the meeting, and 13 posters were presented by other USC postdoctoral fellows and students.

“The program drew from a diverse field of both well-established and emerging scientists and clinicians from across the globe who are at the forefront of their field,” Davies said. “USC FRI scientists have long been considered a major force in the free radical and oxidative stress field and, as we were by far the single largest group at the meeting, this preeminent position was further solidified.”

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