The evolutionarily conserved GATA family of transcription factors executes essential developmental functions in many tissues, for example in hematopoiesis, cardiac development, lymphocyte development and others. Τhe GATA research community has kept track of progress in the field of GATA transcription factors in a series of meetings that started in 1997, with the last meeting held in Japan in 2010. The IUBMB Focused Meeting on GATA Transcription Factors is the 6th meeting to be organized in the series and will take place on May 28-June 1, 2018 in Crete, with funding from the International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and IUBMB Life. The scientific program includes talks by more than 30 speakers who are international experts in the biology of GATA factors. The meeting will provide an excellent opportunity to discuss, amongst others, recent progress made through “omics” technologies in providing an unprecedented view of the transcriptional landscapes that GATA factors regulate and the mounting genetic and molecular evidence implicating GATA factors in human disease. The meeting will also provide ample opportunity for junior scientists to present their work through short oral presentations selected from the abstracts and in two poster sessions.

The IUBMB Focused Meeting on GATA Transcription Factors will take place at the Kalimera Kriti seaside resort near Heraklion, Crete, which offers high quality conference facilities and accommodation in an area of unsurpassed natural beauty and tranquility by the Mediterranean Sea.