Ca2+ regulates a myriad of important cellular functions, relevant to both physiology and pathophysiology. Among many Ca2+ meetings, this CaBP series of symposia is unique in its strong emphasis on the molecular bases of the functions of Ca2+. The first meeting of this series was held in Jablonna, Poland in 1973, eight years after the discovery of the first Ca2+ binding protein, TROPONIN, by the late Prof Setsuro Ebashi at the University of Tokyo. Since then, CaBP symposia have been held every two to three years. Indeed, half a century has passed since the discovery of troponin. Therefore, it is my great pleasure to hold the 20th CaBP symposium in this very memorable occasion, here in Japan. We are now compiling an exciting program to entertain you throughout the meeting. The venue is located on the beautiful Awaji Island that floats in the inland sea of Setonaikai, just an hour away from Osaka. The venue provides state-of-the-art facilities for the meeting as well as magnificent natural scenery. In addition, accommodation will be available at the Westin Hotel Awaji Island,, which you can reach from the venue on foot through a corridor between the two buildings. Please attend the meeting for good science, to enjoy Japanese hospitality and to relax and socialize with colleagues between the scientific sessions.
20th International Symposium on Calcium Binding Proteins and
Calcium Function in Health and Disease (CaBP20)
Chair : Masamitsu Iino