2005 Annual Meeting
Kapalua Bay Hotel Maui

James R. West, Ph.D. - President
Distinguished Professor and Chair
Department of Human Anatomy and Medical Neurobiology
The Texas A & M University Health Science Center
The 2005 Annual Winter Conference of the AACBNC will be held at the
enchanting Kapalua Bay Hotel nestled on 18 tropical acres along the beautiful
northwest coast of Maui.  This special venue boasts three championship caliber
golf courses (the famous Mercedes PGA Championship will be played there only
two weeks before we arrive).  In addition to golf, the island offers excellent
diving, sailing, hiking, sightseeing and shopping.  Watching the sunrise over
the Haleakala Crater and bicycling down is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.  The
beach, which is only steps from our rooms, was once named the most beautiful
beach in America.  The clear warm water in the protective cove offers excellent
swimming and snorkeling on a coral reef.  The average January temperature in
Maui ranges from a high of 82 F and a low of 64 F.  The Opening Socializer will
be held Wednesday evening at The Point, which has breathtaking sunset vews
of the islands of Lana'i and Moloka'i.

Our meeting should be both interesting and thought provoking.  The Keynote
Address will be presented Thursday morning.  Our speaker, Oswald Steward,
Ph.D., is Director of the Reeve-Irvine Research Center, University of California,
Irvine.  He will give an interesting presentation provocatively titled, "Spinal
Cord Research: Promise, Progress, and Politics"  (sponsored by the American
Association of Anatomists).   Dr. Gary McCord, M.D., Assistant Dean of Students
and Associate Professor at Texas A&M HSC College of Medicine, and  a
practicing radiologist, will give a clinically oriented presentation on Anatomy
Education (sponsored by the American Association of Clinical Anatomists).  Later
that afternoon, we will leave for a special group excursion, which will be exciting
for young and old.  

Friday will spotlight a special in-depth symposium on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
(sponsored by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism), which
will provide a state-of-the-art review of the area and represents a model for
multidisciplinary approaches to the study of central nervous system-related
birth defects.  The speakers, all experts in their respective areas are Edward
Riley, Ph.D., San Diego State University, Joanne Weinberg, Ph.D., University of
British Columbia, Kathleen Sulik, Ph.D., University of North Carolina, Timothy
Cudd, D.V.M., Ph.D., Texas A&M University, and Charles Goodlett, Ph.D., Indiana
University-Purdue University at Indianapolis.  Following Dr. Goodlett's talk Feng
C. Zhou, Ph.D., Indiana University, will lead a general discussion on the
symposium.  Later that evening we will enjoy the Socializer (sponsored by
Elsevier Science) and the annual Banquet.   

For the past two meetings we have discussed issues related to technology
transfer.  On Saturday, Michael Browning, from the University of Colorado, will
discuss the next important step.  His presentation, "Managing Technology
Transfer, or How to Balance Biology and Biotech," (sponsored by Bacus
Laboratories, Inc. and Lippincott Williams & Wilkins) offers insight on how
scientists can proceed after they establish patentable technology.

I look forward to welcoming you and your guest to Maui in January.  All in all, the
meeting should provide an exciting blend of science and camaraderie with
ample time to enjoy one of nature's most beautiful islands.
All scientific sessions will be in the Kapalua Ballroom

If you observe overlapping of text in the schedule below, please refresh page
4:00 - 6:00 pm
Early Registration
3:00 - 6:45 pm
3:30 - 5:30 pm
Executive Committee Meeting
Kapalua Boardroom
7:00 - 9:00 pm
Opening Socializer at
The Point
(Gardenia Restaurant rain backup)
8:30 - 8:40 am
Welcome Remarks and Overview of the
AACBNC Meeting
James R. West, Ph.D.
Texas A & M University
8:40 - 9:30 am

Spinal Cord Research: Promise,
Progress and Politics
Oswald Steward, Ph.D., Director
Reeve-Irvine Research Center
University of California, Irvine
(Sponsored by American Association of
9:30 - 9:45 am
9:45 - 10:45 am
Exhibitors and Coffee Break
Ballroom Foyer
10:45 - 11:45 am
Putting the Clinical in Anatomy
Gary C. McCord, M.D.
Texas A & M University
(Sponsored by American Association of
Clinical Anatomists)
12:00 noon - 1:30 pm
Past Presidents' Luncheon
(by invitaton)
Gardenia Restaurant
3:00 - 6:00 pm
Group Excursion

James R. West, Ph.D.
Texas A & M University, Organizer
(Sponsored by the NIAAA)
8:20 - 8:30 am
James R. West, Ph.D.
Texas A & M University
8:30 - 9:00 am
Fetal Alcohol Syndrome: An Overview
Edward P. Riley, Ph.D.
San Diego State University
9:00 - 9:30 am
Alcohol-Induced Craniofacial
Dysmorphology: Mechanisms of Damage
Kathleen K. Sulik, Ph.D.
University of North Carolina
9:30 - 10:00 am
Prenatal Alcohol Exposure: Fetal
Programming and Disruption of
Neuroendocrine and Immune Function
Joanne Weinberg, Ph.D.
University of British Columbia
10:00 - 10:30 am
Coffee Break and Exhibitors
Ballroom Foyer
10:30 - 11:00 am
Animal Model Systems
Timothy A. Cudd, D.V.M., Ph.D.
Texas A & M University
11:00 - 11:30 am
Alcohol Teratogenesis: Mechanisms of
Damage and Intervention Strategies
Charles R. Goodlett, Ph.D.
Indiana University
11:30 - 12:00 noon
General Discussion
Feng C. Zhou, Ph.D.
Indiana University
6:30 - 7:30 pm
Lobby Terrace
(Sponsored by Elsevier Science)
7:30 - 10:00 pm
Kapalua Ballroom
8:30 - 9:20 am
Managing Technology Transfer, or How
to Balance Biology and Biotech
Michael D. Browning, Ph.D.
University of Colorado and
CEO, PhosphoSolutions, Inc.
(Sponsored by Bacus Laboratories, Inc.
and Lippincott Williams & Wilkins)
9:20 - 9:40 am
9:40- 10:30 am
Business Meeting
10:30 am

Resort Registration
The meeting will be held at the Kapalua Bay Hotel. The honoring of room rates is
five days prior to and five days after the meeting dates, subject to availability at
the time of reservation. Check-in time is 3:00 PM and check-out time is noon.
Porterage is currently $6.00 round trip per person and a daily maid gratuity is
recommended at $1.50 per day.

To make reservations call the Resort at 1-808-669-5656 and ask for the
reservations department.  Then specify that you are with the AACBNC block.
are six hours earlier than eastern daylight savings time in October.)
They will
charge your credit card for one night, but you can cancel your room reservation
by phone up until 3 days before. It is important that you make your resort
reservations no later than October 31, 2004 to guarantee these rooms and rates.

Full breakfast including tax and tip for one or two persons per room is included
in the rate. This includes pre and post meeting dates. The breakfast is for the full
buffet in the Gardenia Restaurant (6:30 - 11:00 am) at the hotel. You will need to
provide your room number at the restaurant.
Meeting Registration
The Meeting Registration form should be completed, printed, and faxed to (803)
253-5859, e-mailed to
JudyL@med.sc.edu , or mailed to the Society address on
the form. Meeting reservations via credit card can be called in to (803) 253-5858.
Please be sure to sign the form before you fax or mail it to the Society office. The
deadline for registration with the AACBNC is October 31, 2004.
Ground Transportation
Kapalua is 45-60 minutes or more away by car from the Kahului Airport, depending
on the time of day (3 – 6 PM is often very slow). You can rent a car, take a taxi, or
arrange for a shuttle. Drivers often do not carry change. Thus, it could be
beneficial to have some small denomination bills. The cost of a taxi for up to four
people is approximately $70 each way. The only shuttle service that I am aware of (I
have not tried it) is Speedi-Shuttle (800- 977- 2605 or 808-875-8070). Their one-way
prices are approximately $52 for one person, $57 for two people, $61 for three
individuals, and $65 for four passengers. If you rent a car, drive south from Kahului
Airport and then north on route 30 thru Lahaina. The northern and then western
route from the airport is definitely not recommended because it has a reputation
for having poor and dangerous roads.

The Kapalua-West Maui Airport is only a 5- 10 minute drive from the resort. You can
call the Kapalua shuttle service for free transportation using the single shuttle
service public phone located at the airport. You can arrange with the concierge at
the resort to have the shuttle pick you up for the return to this local airport. This
airport may be convenient if you are connecting with other Hawaiian islands.

It is suggested that one arrange for car rentals prior to traveling to Maui.
Automobile rentals are available at the Kahului Airport. You can call automobile
rental companies from the Kapalua-West Maui Airport and they will pick you up.
The automobile companies also will send a shuttle to the hotel. Avis has offered
our group meeting rates that can be used at any location or airport on any of the
Hawaiian Islands during the period January 11 - January 30, 2005. Call 1-800-331-
1600 or go online at
www.avis.com and use discount number D086487. There will
be no charge to our attendees for parking at the Resort.

The Maui Visitors' Bureau 1-800-525-6284;
Travel Information

Airfares for the trip from many cities in the mainland U.S. and Canada to Maui may
be less expensive now than those purchased in later months. Seats for low
published, companion, or zone fares are limited, especially for January which is
“high” season. Airlines that serve Maui from the mainland as of March of 2004
include Aloha Airlines, American Airlines, Continental Airlines, Delta Airlines,
Hawaiian Airlines, United Airlines, and USAirways. Discount and zone fares have
been negotiated with American Airlines and Continental Airlines (see below).
Aloha Airlines (
www.alohaairlines.com), Hawaiian Airlines (www.hawaiianair.com),
and Island Air (
www.islandair.com) service routes between the islands. The
Hawaiian Islands are five hours earlier than eastern standard time in January.

There are three airports on Maui. Kahului Airport (OGG) is the international
airport, located on the central northern coast. Kapalua-West Maui Airport (JHM),
which connects with airports on other islands, is near the resort. The third airport
is the small Hana Airport in the eastern area of the island.

The discount and zone fares offered by American Airlines may or may not be less
expensive than tickets purchased elsewhere. They cover the period January 11 -
January 31, 2005. Open jaws are allowed between HNL and OGG. One en-route
stopover is allowed in each direction for travel to/from Hawaii only in
BUR/CHI/DFW/LAS/LAX/LGB/SFO/SNA/STL for $60 per stopover. Call 1-800-433-1790
and give identifier
A3515AA. They are supposed to give you the lowest fare
available either for any published fare or the zone fares. They will give you 5% off
any excursion fare; 10% off of coach, business, first, or premium class; and an
additional 5% if you purchase your tickets more than 30 days prior to the flight.
Zone fares from the continental U.S. range from $625 to $1,091 plus tax and fees.
The zone fares have to be booked within 14 days of making reservations. My
understanding is zone fares are fully refundable with a $100 fee and lowest
published fares are non-refundable; however, for a $100 fee, one can use the cost
of the fare towards any other published fare.

The discount and zone fares with Continental are similar. They cover the period
January 4 – February 6, 2005. Zone fares from the continental U.S range from $575
to $920 plus tax and fees. Call 1-800-468-7022 and give
Z Code ZG3Y and
Agreement Code VJL2LK.
Golf and Other Activities