Matthias A Hediger
Harvard Medical School
Boston, MA, USA
  Peter Meier- Abt
University of Zurich
Zurich, Switzerland

Robert Burrier
Grand Island, NY, USA

Ken-ichi Inui
Kyoto University
Kyoto, Japan


Welcome to the preliminary announcement of BioMedical Transporters 2005, entitled “Membrane Transporters: Bridging Basic and Applied Sciences”. The conference will be held from August 14 to 18, 2005, in St. Gallen , Switzerland , just east of Zürich (near Lake Constance) at the OLMA Congress Center .  St. Gallen is easily accessible from the Zürich airport by train or car.  There will be a group excursion to beautiful Mount Säntis that includes a gondola ride and dinner at the Panorama Restaurant.  The target size of the conference is 200-250 participants.  Sufficient free afternoon/evening time has been incorporated into the schedule, offering attendees a unique opportunity to interact with one another both socially and within the scientific program.

The focus of BioMedical Transporters 2005 is on membrane transporters and their applications to the treatment of human diseases.  Specifically, the conference will address how transporters may be applied to drug discovery, how the structural information from membrane transporters can be applied to the rational design of therapeutic drugs, how to develop transporter based high throughput screening assays for drug discovery, and how transporters in various organs affect drug metabolism.

  Session Topics:
Human Transporter families, their roles in human diseases and their potential in drug discovery
Transporter Drug Targets
Drug Discovery Technologies
Structure of membrane transporters and structure-based rational drug design
Drug Transporter- Drug Metabolism Interplay
Drug Transport