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ITTS Inaugural Conference

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Inaugural Conference of the International Transmembrane
Transporter Society:

“The Transporter Transition”


Registration is now open until June 29, 2018

Outcome of the ITTS call for session proposals

Many individual points such as gender-balance, balance of junior/senior speakers, geographical distribution and scientific excellence of the proposals were taken into account. We believe that the Inaugural ITTS Conference offers a programme of highest scientific originality with a balance spread over the different themes to be covered within the society itself.

Preliminary programme:

Plenary speakers:

Susan G. Amara, United States of America
Thomas Jentsch, Germany
Satoshi Murakami, Japan
Christine Ziegler, Germany

Selected symposia:

"Chloride Physiology/Homeostasis: Channels and co-transporters in Neuronal and Pancreatic β cells"
Chair: Lydia Aguilar-Bryan, United States of America
Claudio Rivera, Finland
Eric Delpire, United States of America
Maurizio Di Fulvio, United States of America
Lena Eliasson, Sweden

 "Innovative approaches to structural/computational/biophysical analyses of the glutamate and biogenic amine transporter families"
Chair: Susan G. Amara, United States of America
Co-Chair: Ivet Bahar, United States of America
Olga Boudker, United States of America
Claus Juul Løland, Denmark
Ivet Bahar, United States of America
Lei Shi, United States of America

 "Transmembrane transport of drugs and xenobiotics"
Chair: Douglas B. Kell, United Kingdom
Douglas B. Kell, United Kingdom
Elizabeth Bilsland, Brazil
Irina Borodina, Denmark
David Dickens, United Kingdom

 "Structure, Function and Regulation of Excitatory Amino Acid Transporters"
Chair: Claus Juul Løland, Claus Juul, Denmark
Nicolas Reyes, France
Renae Ryan, Australia
Baruch Kanner, Israel
Kenneth Madsen, Denmark

 "Regulation of Dopamine Transporters: From Molecules to Behavior and Beyond"
Chair: Haley Melikian, United States of America
Co-Chair: Habibeh Khoshbouei, United States of America
Habibeh Khoshbouei, United States of America
Suzanne Underhill, United States of America
Ulrik Gether, Denmark
Haley Melikian, United States of America

 "The importance of organic cation transporters (OCTs, MATEs) in drug therapy"
Chair: Anne Nies, Germany
Anne Nies, Germany
Jörg König, Germany
Tanja Dujic, Bosnia and Herzegovina/United Kingdom
Mladen Tzvetkov, Germany

 "Discovery of novel cell-type specific functions of the glutamate transporter GLT-1 using a conditional knockout approach"
Chair: Paul A. Rosenberg, United States of America
Paul A. Rosenberg, United States of America
Yun Zhou, Norway
Laura McNair, Denmark
Ana Pereira, United States of America

 "Invertebrates as a model organism to study transporter function and dysfunction"
Chair: Renae Ryan, Australia
Co-Chair: Aurelio Galli, United States of America
Sonja Sucic, Austria
Don van Meyel, Canada
Laura Bianchi, United States of America
David Krantz, United States of America

 "NCCR TransCure: interdisciplinary membrane transport research"
Chair: Bruno Stieger, Switzerland
Co-Chair: Cristina Manatschal, Switzerland
Roch-Philippe Charles, Switzerland
Cristina Manatschal, Switzerland
Scott Jackson, Switzerland
Roberta de Ceglia, Switzerland

 "ReSOLUTE: an academic-industry IMI partnership to tackle SLCs"
Chair: Giulio Superti-Furga, Austria
Giulio Superti-Furga, Austria
Claire Steppan, United States of America
Daniel Lackner, Austria
Daniela Digles, Austria
Katharina Dürr, United Kingdom

Acknowledgements of Funding:



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Update 1: We plan to support young investigators (i.e., PhD-students, postdoctoral fellows up to 5 years after obtaining PhD) by issuing grants to support their attendance. The amount of the grant cannot be set at this early stage as we will be applying for grants in the near future.

Update 2: The registration fee of all members of ITTS participating in the conference either as chair person or speaker in any session will be waived.

Call for Session Proposals

We are seeking novel and exciting proposals from investigators with a research focus on any aspect of transmembrane transporters. Individual proposals that are integrative and inclusive of multiple disciplines (e.g. molecular pharmacology, neurochemistry, animal behavior and clinical studies) are desirable. Proposals that are balanced both with respect to gender, seniority (a mix of junior and Senior faculty) and geographic location (i.e. not all speakers coming from the same institution) are strongly encouraged. Please note that both the balance (diversity of speakers) and scientific excellence of the proposal will be considered key criterion in the final selection process.

Update 3: The deadline for symposium proposal submission is Tuesday, January 16th, 2018.

Successful applicants will be notified in early February, 2018.
Symposia selected for the program will be allotted ~100 minutes and should be composed of no more than four speakers (~25 minutes/talk inclusive of questions). All conference participants will be responsible for their own travel and lodging expenses. Reduced registration fees will apply to ITTS members (regular annual Membership: US$ 50, biennial Membership: US$ 90; biennial Membership for student members & Emeritus Faculty members: US$ 40).

For consideration, please submit your proposal (in Word format) to with the following information (proposals not in this format will be returned):

  1. Symposium Title
  2. Brief description of subject area and the topics of each speaker (~250 words)
  3. Name of Chair (and co-Chair, if applicable), email and affiliation. The Chair or Co-Chair must be an ITTS member.
  4. Name, email, affiliation and tentative talk title for each speaker; verification of participation is required and an individual may speak in only one symposium.

Oral session(s) dedicated to young investigators (i.e. students, post-docs) will be included in the program.

Send proposals to no later than midnight (your local time) Tuesday, January 16, 2018.

Further conference details will be posted on the ITTS website as they become available. ITTS members will be notified by email when updates are made.


It is with great excitement that we announce the first, ITTS biennial conference, which is partially supported by SFB35. With the highly successful series of ten “SFB35: Transmembrane Transporters in Health and Disease”, now at an end, nothing seems more fitting than for ITTS to fill the void created with “its” own conference. To this end, the ITTS executive committee is in the thick of organizing the inaugural ITTS conference to be held in Vienna, September 18-21, 2018. In the tradition of SFB35, and under the experienced oversight of SFB35 organizer, and President of ITTS, Harald Sitte will lead the organizing committee, which comprises the ITTS executive committee and council, as well as local Viennese transportologists.

The conference format will comprise symposia, inclusive of all areas of transmembrane transporter research, a special session to highlight and promote talks given by young investigators, poster sessions, opening and closing plenary lectures, as well as social events including opening and closing dinner receptions.

  • The long-term goal is the establishment of a highly successful conference platform, occurring on a biennial basis, which promotes and emphasizes young transporter investigators, as well as the inclusion of women and minorities. A business meeting will be held at each conference, where the members will determine the venue for the subsequent ITTS meeting, and a chair for the local organizing committee will be identified. The intention is for the venue to shift to a new location across the globe each time, attract a wide audience, and provide a different ambiance each time.