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Letter from the President, 2006

Dear Colleagues,

On behalf of the International BioIron Society (IBIS) it is our great pleasure to invite you to BioIron 2007, which will be held in Kyoto Japan April 1 – 6. 2007. This conference will follow in the tradition of conferences on Iron Storage and Transport Proteins first held in London in 1973 and of meetings held by the International Association for the Study of Iron Disorders, first held in Frankfurt in 1988. The groups that sponsored these meetings have combined their efforts by forming IBIS, which continues to sponsor international meetings that promote research on iron metabolism.

This meeting is the second biennial conference of IBIS, the first conference sponsored by IBIS was BioIron 2005 held in Prague. Similar to BioIron 2005, BioIron 2007 is being held in a particularly spectacular venue, Kyoto Japan during the cheery blossom season. It is our intention that these meetings provide a venue for discussion of the latest advances in understanding the mechanisms of iron uptake and storage, in understanding how altered or malregulated iron metabolism leads to disease and in identifying new and improved therapies for iron-related disorders.

We hope that new discoveries will be shared and that outstanding problems in the field will be discussed. It is our goal that this meeting will be a “magnet” for advancement of knowledge about the biological and medical roles of iron. To accomplish this goal we plan that many of the platform talks will be chosen from the abstracts to ensure that the latest research is included in the program.

We hope that you will join us in Kyoto for BioIron 2007.

Jerry Kaplan President IBIS

Pierre Brissot Vice President IBIS

posted: January 1, 2006