2007 Annual Winter Conference
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
January 17-20, 2007
Speakers PowerPoint Presentations
Come Smile With Us in Puerto Vallarta!
Our President, Michael Shipley, continues to develop an interesting and informative
program for our Annual Winter Conference in Puerto Vallarta. Our Keynote Speaker will be
Dr. Linda B. Buck who shared the 2004 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
http://nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/medicine/laureates/2004/). A Nobel Symposium,
Olfaction: From Molecules to Networks will include presentations by Dr.
Matthew Ennis,
Glomeruli: Dynamic Portal into The Olfactory Brain; Dr. Ben W.
Synaptic Mechanisms Generating Spatio-temporal Patterns of Olfactory
; Dr. Christiane Linster, The Neural Computation of Smell; and Dr. D. Matthew
Modulation of Odor Codes by Sniffing. In addition, Special Guest Lecturers
include Dr. Tony Scarpa, Director of the NIH Center for Scientific Review, and Dr. James F.
Battey, Director NIDCD. Dr. Scarpa will discuss funding trends at NIH plus new initiatives in
the review process. Dr. Battey, who is also Chair of the NIH Stem Cell Task Force, will
discuss stem cell funding by the NIH. We will keep you updated on the meeting program.

On Thursday morning (January 18th) there will be a City Tour and Shopping excursion for
guests provided by the AACBNC. This should be a fun outing and will acquaint tour goers
with the vibrant city and people of Puerto Vallarta, as well as providing a spectacular view
of Bahia de Banderas (Banderas Bay). The excursion will begin at 8:45 a.m. from the
Westin lobby and will end back at the Westin at about 12:15 p.m. For more information on
this outing please see the "City Highlights and Shopping Tour" heading below under
"General Information & Activities". On the meeting registration form PLEASE indicate the
number of people you anticipate will be going on the city tour so we can begin
transportation arrangements. There is also a description of some other tours that may be
of interest to members and guests in the "Other Optional Tours" section of "General
Information & Activities".

Another highlight of the meeting will be our Friday night banquet at the Café des Artistes in
El Centro (central city). This banquet should be especially memorable for the quality of the
food and the setting in the outdoor garden of the restaurant, as well as the usual
camaraderie with other members, guests, and sponsors. Transportation will be provided
and details will be available in the meeting program. For some information on Café des
Artistes you can go to:  
Breakfast including tip is included in the room rate. The breakfast is for the full buffet at the
Restaurant El Palmar (7:00 a.m. - 9:00 am). You should only need to sign to your room
number at the restaurant.
Tuesday January 16, 2007
4:00 - 6:00 pm
Registration Packet Pickup
(Terraza de Lobby)
Wednesday January 17, 2007
3:00 - 5:30 pm
Registration Packet Pickup
(Terraza de Lobby)
4:00 - 5:30 pm
Executive Committee Meeting
(Tamayo Room)
6:00 - 7:00 pm

Sponsored by

Linda B. Buck, Ph.D.
2004 Nobel Laureate in Physiology
or Medicine

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Seattle, Washington
7:00 - 9:00 pm
Welcome Reception
Jardin & Patio Los Arcos
Thursday January 18, 2007
(All Scientific sessions will be held in Orozco Ballroom)


Sponsored by:

Olfactory Neurobiology: From Molecules to Networks
Michael Shipley, Moderator
Linda B. Buck,
Matthew Ennis
University of Tennessee,
Christiane Linster
Cornell University,
Ben W. Strowbridge
Case Western Reserve University,
Matthew Wachowiak
Boston University,
8:30 - 8:45 am
Welcome and Introduction
Michael Shipley
President, AACBNC
University of Maryland
8:45 – 9:15 am
Modulation of Odor Codes by Sniffing
Matthew Wachowiak
9:15 – 9:45 am
Glomeruli: Dynamic Portal into the Olfactory Brain
Matthew Ennis
9:45 – 10:00 am
10:00 – 10:30 am
Exhibitors and Coffee Break
Foyer Pintores
10:30 – 11:00 am
Synaptic Mechanisms Generating Spatio-Temporal Patterns of
Olfactory Information
Ben Strowbridge
11:00 – 11:30 am
The Neural Computation of Smell
Christiane Linster
11:30 – 11:45 am
11:45 – 12:15 pm
Reflections by Nobel Laureate
5:00 – 6:30 pm
President's Reception
Presidential Suite, Room 1414
Friday January 19, 2007
(All scientific sessions will be held in Orozco Ballroom)
8:30 - 9:30 am
Information Session

Challenges and Opportunities Facing NIH Peer-Review:
A Vision for Ensuring Its Strategic National Value
Toni Scarpa, M.D.
Director, NIH Center for Scientific Review
Bethesda, MD
9:30 - 10:00 am
10:00 - 10:30 am
Exhibitors and Coffee Break
Foyer Pintores
10:30 - 12:00 pm
Open Discussion Session

Dealing with the NIH Drought: What Can We Learn from Each
Michael Shipley, Moderator
Vytas Bankaitis
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill,
John Byrne
University of Texas, Houston,
Barry Stein
Wake Forest University,
Barry Shur
Emory University,
12:30 - 2:00 pm
Past Presidents’ Luncheon (by invitation only)
5:15 - 6:15 pm
Jardin & Terraza Pintores
6:30 - 7:00 pm
Transport to Café des Artistes
(meet at front of Westin at 6:20 pm)
7:00 - 9:30 pm
Café des Artistes
9:30 - 10:00 pm
Transport back to Westin
Saturday January 21, 2006
(All scientific sessions will be held in Orozco Ballroom)
8:30 - 9:30 am
Information Session

Stem Cell Research Supported by NIH
James F. Battey, Jr., M.D., Ph.D.
irector, National Institute for Deafness & Other Communication Disorders
Chair, NIH Stem Cell Task Force
Head, Trans-NIH Mouse Initiative
Bethesda, M.D.
9:30 - 10:00 am
10:00 - 10:30 am
Exhibitors and Coffee Break
Foyer Pintores
10:30 - 11:30 pm
Business Meeting & Adjournment
There are two MUST DO forms for the Annual Meeting registration. One is for
AACBNC Meeting Registration, which is available online, and the other one is for
the Westin Resort and Spa Registration, which is also available online.

The AACBNC Meeting Registration form can be viewed with Adobe Acrobat
Reader and should be printed, completed, and either faxed to (304) 696-7290, or
emailed to
lucaskh@marshall.edu or mailed to the Association address on the
form. Meeting registrations via credit card can also be called into (304) 696-7390.  
If paying by credit card, PLEASE be sure to sign the form before sending it to the
Association. If you should have difficulty with the online form, e-mail Karen Lucas
lucaskh@marshall.edu and provide your name and fax number to obtain a faxed
copy. PLEASE, SEND IN your completed Meeting Registration form to the AACBNC
AS SOON AS POSSIBLE (fax to 304- 696-7290)!  Early payment is requested because
the Association must prepay some of the meeting expenses to the resort.

We encourage you to REGISTER EARLY to ensure Deluxe Ocean View room
availability! The Special Room Rate price of $276 per night for a Deluxe Ocean
View room is for up to two people per room and includes:  full breakfast buffet
for one or two at the El Palmar Restaurant, gratuities (Bell Man, Maid and Waiter
at breakfast), and taxes on room. You can make your reservations by email, fax or
The Westin Puerto Vallarta reservation form can be viewed with Adobe
Acrobat Reader and should be printed, completed, and faxed to  
011-52-322-226-1144 or emailed to
reservations.01090@westin.com with a CC to
Martha.Ortega@westin.com. Reservations for the Westin Puerto Vallarta may also
be phoned in to:  1-800-937-8461 or directly to the Westin PV at
BE SURE to include our booking code of AAC0907 and
confirm the Association rate of $276/night for a Deluxe Ocean View Room!
Request a confirmation as part of your reservation.  The Westin Resort & Spa
requires a two nights deposit of room and taxes to guarantee the reservation. If
you prefer, you may request the European Plan Special Group rate of $210/night.  
Breakfast and taxes (17%) are not included in the European Plan.  If you want the
European Plan, send an e-mail with our group name (
AACBNC) and our group
AAC0907, and your reservation information to raul.perex@westin.com.  The
resort is holding rooms for us from Wednesday, January 17th - Sunday, January
21st, 2007 and you can have our group rate for up to three days before and three
days after those dates.  Check in time is 3:00 p.m. and check out is noon.
The first deadline for receipt of the Westin Resort reservation is October 13, 2006,
so get your reservation SOON to ensure a Deluxe Ocean View room.

Nota bene:  Effective December 31, 2006, all persons traveling by air or sea
to/from the U.S. will be required to have a current passport.
This is a change from
prior travel requirements which in many cases allowed travel with a driver's license and
birth certificate.  The goal is to strengthen border security and facilitate entry into the
United States for U.S. citizens and legitimate foreign visitors. If desired,
review the complete

Airline service to Puerto Vallarta is somewhat limited, therefore seats going and
coming from there are limited. You may want to make your airline reservations
soon. Furthermore, airfares purchased now for the trip from many cities in the U.
S. and Canada to Puerto Vallarta (PVR) may be less expensive than those
purchased later. Seats for low published, companion, or zone fares further limit
availability.  Airlines that serve PVR include Alaska, America West, American,
Continental, Delta, and United.  Discount and/or zone fares have been obtained
from Continental and American Airlines and that information follows below.

Continental Airlines has provided us with both zone fares and discount fares for
travel to PVR.  Discount fares range from 2-15% less depending upon class of
service and published fare type. Zone fares also offer significant savings. The
AACBNC Agreement Code is UDWEZ6 and the Z-Code is ZTRV.  The Continental
Airlines Meeting Works Reservation number is
1-800-468-7022, AND you should
get a real live person!  Be sure the Z-Code is included in your ticket information.  
There is a $10 service fee collected per ticket.  You can book online, save the $10
service fee, and get an additional 3% discount on published fares at
www.continental.com.  ENTER BOTH our Z-Code and Agreement Code without a
space in the Offer Code Box, i.e., ZTRVUDWEZ6.  Travel dates for the discount
fares are January 12-25, 2007.  

Discount fares for travel between Jan. 12 - Jan. 27 are also available through
American Airlines by calling Meeting Services at 1-800-433-1790. Our
Booking Authorization Number is A7717AD
. The discount should be 5% off an
applicable fare.  The percentage discount also can be booked on-line at
www.aa.com.  Use the above authorization number as the aa.com discount code.  

Delta and American West no longer offer meeting discounts and zone fares.  

Puerto Vallarta is in the state of Jalisco and is on Mountain Standard time (GMT –
7 hours).  
Ground Transportation
Westin Resort & Spa is about 5 minutes from Lic Gustavo Diaz Ordaz International
Airport. The Resort does NOT have a shuttle from the airport. Taxi service is
available for about $10 one way. Automobile rentals are available at the airport or
can be arranged for at the Resort. Reservations can be made with Avis, Hertz,
National, Thrifty, Budget, or Dollar Rent a Car. Avis has provided an Avis
Worldwide Discount (AWD) number, D086487, which should get you 10% off the
best available rates. Avis can be reached at 1-888-754-8878 or on their web site at:
General Information & Activities
City Highlights & Shopping Tour
(Sponsored by AACBNC)
Air conditioned transportation with professional guide for a tour around beautiful
and bustling Puerto Vallarta including a stop for shopping. Orientation of
downtown (Malecon, El Centro, Our Church of Guadalupe), old town (Los Muertos)
and Isla Rio Cuale (Cuale River). A drive along the scenic highway towards
Mismaloya Beach and a spectacular panoramic view of the magnificent Bay of
Banderas. Includes bottles of water, but you will want comfortable shoes, a
personal bag for shopping and your camera. Tips to driver and guide are included
in AACBNC sponsorship, but feel free to give an additional personal tip if desired.
Click Here for Other Optional Tours
(tour information is from operators)
Puerto Vallarta

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