ANNUAL MEETING
LOS CABOS, BAJA CALIFORNIA SUR

FINAL PROGRAM

Joseph C. Besharse, Ph.D. - President
Professor and Chairman of Cell Biology, Neurobiology and
Anatomy
Medical College of Wisconsin
The meeting this year is delayed a month from its traditional time in December.  
The January meeting avoids some of the holiday and scientific conflicts that so
often arise.  The hospitable climate of Baja California in January should also be
great.  The program is organized around three themes.   The first is
technology, which sets critical boundaries for scientific advance.  We have put
together a session that will include the latest in large gene arrays (Howard
Jacob), the informatics and genomics initiative of the NCI (Robert Strausberg),
and biological imaging (Rob Singer).  Second, we have organized a panel
discussion on NIH Peer Review. Dr. Michael Martin from the NIH Center for
Scientific Review will participate and provide the latest information on
restructuring peer review.  Third, we are planning a panel discussion on
reorganization of basic science departments in American Medical Schools.  
Mergers and acquisitions have been relatively commonplace.  Our panel will
include Chairs with direct experience in recent reorganizations along with Dr.
James King, Director of the School of Biomedical Science and Associate Dean
for Graduate Education, of The Ohio State University College of Medicine and
Public Health.  An additional, sub-theme has to do with Neurobiology in the
AACBNC.  The keynote address by Ira Black will focus on stem cells in the
central nervous system and Michael Friedlander from the University of
Alabama at Birmingham will address issues related to the special needs of
medical school departments with a focus primarily in the neurosciences.
Finally, Dr. Mary Hendrix, President of FASEB, will address us on issues related
to FASEB under her presidency.
If you observe overlapping of text in the schedule below, please refresh page
Tuesday January 16, 2001
3:00- 4:30 pm
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETING
3:00 - 5:00 pm
REGISTRATION
5:00 - 6:00 pm
KEYNOTE ADDRESS

BRAIN PLASTICITY:  STEM CELLS AND SYNAPSES
Ira B. Black, M.D.
Chairman, Department of Neuroscience and Cell Biology
University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey/Robert
Wood Johnson Medical School
6:15 - 8:15 pm
SOCIALIZER  
Wednesday, January 17, 2001
  TECHNOLOGY AND ADVANCES IN RESEARCH
8:30 - 9:30 am
THE CANCER GENOME ANATOMY PROJECT  (CGAP)   
Robert L. Strausberg, Ph.D
Director, Cancer Genomics Office
National Cancer Institute
9:30 - 10:30 am
SEQUENCE BASED BIOLOGY:  MICROARRAY TO BEDSIDE
Howard A. Jacob, Ph.D.
Director, Center for Human and Molecular Genetics
Medical College of Wisconsin
10:30 - 10:45  am
COFFEE BREAK
10:45 - 11:45 am
ADVANCES IN BIOLOGICAL IMAGING
Robert H. Singer, Ph.D.
Albert Einstein College of Medicine
  CHAIRPERSONS OF NEUROBIOLOGY
11:45 - 12:30 pm
CHAIRPERSONS OF NEUROBIOLOGY IN THE AACBNC
Michael J. Friedlander, Ph.D.
Department of Neurobiology
University of Alabama, Birmingham
Thursday, January 18, 2001
  NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH GRANT REVIEWS
8:30 - 9:30 am
REORGANIZATION OF PEER REVIEW AT THE NIH
Michael R. Martin, Ph.D.
Director of Physiological Sciences
Center for Scientific Review, NIH
9:30 - 10:30 pm
PANEL DISCUSSION - NIH GRANT REVIEWS
Karl H. Pfenninger, M.D.
University of Colorado School of Medicine
Peter Satir, Ph.D.
Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Peter J. Stambrook, Ph.D.
University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
10:30 - 10:45 am
COFFEE BREAK
  MERGERS AND REORGANIZATION OF BASIC SCIENCE
DEPARTMENTS:  EFFECTS ON EDUCATION AND RESEARCH
10:45 - 11:45 am
DEPARTMENTS:  THE FOUNDATION ON WHICH COLLEGES
AND UNIVERSITIES ARE BUILT
James S. King, Ph.D.  
Director of the School of Biomedical Science and Associate
Dean for Graduate Education
The Ohio State University College of Medicine and Public
Health
11:45 - 12:45 pm
PANEL DISCUSSION - REAL REORGANIZATIONS  
Robert E. Anderson, M.D., Ph.D.
University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
Stephen W. Carmichael, Ph.D.
Mayo Clinic
Robert D. Goldman, Ph.D.
Northwestern University
6:30 - 7:30 pm
SOCIALIZER  
7:30 - 9:30 pm  
BANQUET
Friday, January 19, 2001
8:30 - 9:30 am
UPDATE ON FASEB
Mary J.C. Hendrix, Ph.D.  
President of FASEB  
University of Iowa
9:30 - 10:30 am
BUSINESS MEETING
  ADJOURN  
Airfare
Airfares purchased now for the trip from many cities in the U.S. and Canada to
San José del Cabo (SJD) will be less expensive than those purchased in later
months. Seats for low published, companion, or zone fares are limited. Airlines
that serve SJD include AeroCalifornia, Aeromexico, Alaska Airlines, American
Airlines, America West, Continental Airlines, Delta/Mexicana, and Northwest
Airlines. Group fares have been negotiated with American and Continental
Airlines. Travel on Mon.-Thurs. is less expensive than Fri.-Sun. for published
fares. Both offer 10% discounts off of published fares when tickets are
purchased 60 days or more prior to departure. Both also offer zone fares which
are less restrictive and usually less expensive. Both airlines will quote you
both fares. For American Airlines, call 1-800-433-1790 and give them reference
code 2811UC. For Continental Airlines, call 1-800-468-7022 and give them
reference code LWH0GD. The secretary-treasurer was told by Continental
Airlines that the most expensive zone fare including tax for travel originating
in the lower 48 continental U.S. states was $522.92. If they quote you more,
inquire as to whether their fares were correctly programmed for zone. Travel
to Los Cabos requires a current passport or a certified birth certificate and a
valid photo ID. Presently, a visa or immunizations are not required.  
The airlines
have informed us that reservations made through the 800 numbers above can
be held until one week prior to the flights.
Ground Transportation
The Meliá Cabo Real Convention Center Beach and Golf Resort is
approximately 20 minutes from the airport. It is located along the Los Cabos
Corridor which is a highway connecting the quaint village of San José Del Cabo
near the airport with the more "lively" fishing port of Cabo San Lucas to the
west.

You could take a shuttle (about $10 - it can stop at up to 3 hotels), hire a taxi
(about $40 per taxi - negotiable), or rent a car for the transfer between the
airport and the Meliá Cabo Real. The Meliá Cabo Real provides limited free
shuttle service to and from Cabo San Lucas about 3 times daily. Information
about Los Cabos can be found on the Internet. One site is
www.allaboutcabo.com

The costs of car rentals arranged prior to departure within the US or Canada
are considerably less than those that are normally negotiated in Los Cabos.
Dollar Rent A Car has offered rates for the AACBNC. Reservations can be made
at 800-800-0044 or at
www.dollar.com starting about 6 months prior to the
meeting. The discount number is MC1011.
Registration Information
There are two forms, one for Resort Registration and one for Meeting
Registration. To obtain forms e-mail to
JudyL@med.sc.edu and provide your
name and fax number. Although the deadline for receipt of the Resort
Registration has been extended until November 1, 2000, we encourage you to
register early to ensure room availability. Because the AACBNC must prepay
75% of the meeting cost to the resort and provide the resort with a near final
list of attendees early, we ask you to send in the meeting registration to the
AACBNC at your earliest convenience. Please note the majority of the rooms at
the Meliá Cabo Real have an ocean view. There is an additional charge to
guarantee a room with an ocean view. A full buffet breakfast is included in the
price regardless if one or two people are registered in the room. Also, please
note the hotel has the rooms blocked for the nights of January 16-19
anticipating that most registrants will arrive on the 16th and leave on the 20th.
The honoring of room rates is three nights on either side of the 16th and 19th,
if available at the time of making reservations.
Tentative Schedule
AACBNC