Invitation Letter from Meeting Organizing Chairman
On behalf of the Meeting Organizing Committee, it is my pleasure and privilege to invite you to attend the 9th International Meeting of the “International Society for the Study of Xenobiotics” (ISSX) to be held in Istanbul, Turkey on September 4-8, 2010.
The Meeting aims to bring together many internationally renowned scientists and young scientists from academia and industry, working on drug/xenobiotic research in diverse fields including basic and clinical pharmacology and therapeutics, toxicology, oncology, endocrinology, physiology, biochemistry, medicinal chemistry, drug discovery and development, molecular and structural biology and genetics, and other related areas.
The scientific program will include recent advances on the structure, function and regulation of drug metabolizing enzymes and transporters; omics based technologies for drug discovery and for drug/xenobiotic toxicity assessment; physiologic and/or toxicological roles of novel extrahepatic drug metabolizing enzymes; prediction and mechanisms of adverse drug reactions; environmental toxicology and health, and chemical carcinogenesis. Exciting sessions will be devoted to pharmacoepigenetic and microRNA dependent drug metabolism and action; toxicogenomics, a predictive tool in toxicology and drug development; epigenomics – impact for drug safety sciences; nutrition and cancer prevention; pharmacogenomics and cancer treatment; oxidative stress, DNA damage and repair and biological considerations. Contemporary issues in drug/xenobiotic research including bioengineering of new enzymes, nanotechnology and stem cell research will also be in the scientific program.
The Meeting will take place at the Istanbul Convention and Exhibition Centre (ICEC) which has superb conference facilities and commands a splendid view of Bosphorous. It is ideally located in the heart of the city’s business, cultural and commercial districts, and is also in walking distance to many of the hotels.
Istanbul is the only city in the world built on two continents. It stretches along the two shores of Bosphorus, Europe being only 700 meters away from Asia at the narrowest place, linking Black Sea to the Mediterranean Sea by the Sea of Marmara. The city, with its rich history dating back to the Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman Empires, and with its natural beauty, offers a friendly welcome and genuine hospitality. It is one of the most beautiful, enchanting and lively cities of the world, having an atmosphere of its own with its life-style, people and numerous attractions.
Turkey is a paradise of sun, sea, mountains, and lakes that offers a complete change from the stress and routine of everyday life. In September, most places in Turkey have an ideal climate that is perfect for relaxing on sandy beaches or enjoying the tranquility of mountains and lakes. Turkey also has a magnificent past, and is a land full of historic treasures from 13 successive civilizations spanning 10,000 years.
This is the first time ISSX is organizing an International Meeting in this region. We especially look forward to a large participation from the neighboring countries including those in Balkans, Black Sea, Middle East, Northern Africa, and Asia.
Istanbul has been selected as the 2010 European Capital of Culture by European Union. So, the Meeting will be enriched with several cultural and social events reflecting the local colors and charm of Istanbul and Turkey.
We cordially invite you to participate in this Meeting which, we believe, will offer a top quality scientific program and an unforgettable personal experience.
Meeting Organizing Chair