Program Overview


COVID-19 Update

Due to the continued spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus and the unprecedented challenges it poses to communities across Pennsylvania and around the world, Penn State has cancelled all public events and programs through at least May 15, 2020. This decision, though difficult, was made in the best interests of the health and safety of students, faculty, staff and the local communities, organizations and citizens we serve.

After much discussion, the AHR Symposium committee members have decided to cancel the AHR Symposium scheduled for June 2020 and reschedule for June 13-17, 2021

We hope you will add this date to your calendar and plan on joining us in 2021. You will receive a full refund for your 2020 registration shortly. Registration for the June 13-17, 2021 Symposium will be available in the coming weeks.

We appreciate your understanding as we navigate this rapidly evolving situation. If you have questions or need more information, please contact the Office of Conferences and Short Courses at 814-865-8301 or email


Early registration has been extended to April 1, 2020. Register now to receive the discounted rate. The abstract submission deadline has also been extended to April 1. Click the abstract tab on the left for more information.

The 2020 AHR Symposium will bring together world-renowned scientists in an integrated program to discuss the latest knowledge on the role of the aromatic hydrocarbon receptor (AHR) in a wide range of fields, from basic immunology to cancer immunotherapy. AHR is recognized as a transcription factor activated by many pollutants, responsible for the induction of xenobiotic metabolism enzymes and receptor hyperactivation can lead to toxic outcomes, such as tumor promotion.

More recently, other functions of this enigmatic receptor have been described (immune responses, barrier function, gastrointestinal homeostasis, hormonal signaling, cell cycle progression, oxidative stress, inflammation, differentiation, development, and apoptosis). An ever-expanding list of endogenous and exogenous AHR ligands continue to be identified and their biological relevance determined. It is evident that the AHR, is a key environmental/physiological sensor, which integrates numerous biological and pathophysiological processes and is now considered a viable drug target.

The venue of the conference will be at beautiful Pennsylvania State University in State College, PA and will provide a unique environment for all those who wish to foster/develop collaborative projects and expand their understanding of the complexities of AHR biology.



Old Main Building
(University President's Office)


Huck Life Sciences Building
(Symposium Location)


Event Details

  • Where

  • Huck Life Sciences Building
    Penn State University
    University Park, PA 16802

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