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8th International Conference on Relaxin and Related Peptides

Please join us for the 8th International Conference on Relaxin and Related Peptides in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico from May 6 – 11, 2018 (5 Nights).

We look forward to seeing you in Cabo!


Your Local (North American) Organizing Committee

Alexander Agoulnik, PhD
Bob Bennett, PhD
Kirk Conrad, MD
Laura Goldsmith, PhD
Sabine Hombach-Klonisch, PhD
Thomas Klonisch, PhD
Brian Wilson, PhD

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Destination – Cabo San Lucas, Mexico:

In the south of the Baja California peninsula you’ll find Los Cabos, one of the most beautiful and exclusive destinations in Mexico. It is an amazing place with numerous attractions and one of the most spectacular natural sights in the world. If you want to discover the surroundings and go on excursions, we recommend you to visit places like San José del Cabo, the swamp conservation area of San José del Cabo, the National Marine Park of Cabo Pulmo, and spectacular beaches such as Playa El Médano, Playa El Arco, not to mention spotting the blue whale.

Hotel – Riu Palace Cabo San Lucas:

In Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, we find the Hotel Riu Palace Cabo San Lucas. It is surrounded by splendid gardens with beautiful views of the beach and luxurious service for guests to enjoy during their stay.

This Palace, with its relaxing atmosphere, offers the best way to regain strength and escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. It includes two freshwater swimming pools, a Jacuzzi, solarium terrace, gym, sauna, and the “Renova Spa” wellness center with a range of different treatments.

Thanks to the All-Inclusive system, you can enjoy Mexican cuisine at its best. It includes a wide variety of recipes and is recognized for its distinctive and sophisticated flavors which incorporate many spices. It is a combination of gastronomic traditions, including Mesoamerican and European, as well as many others, which is why the buffet restaurant and the different themed restaurants of the hotel offer the best menus and made to order dishes.

You will also find numerous activities and sports to enjoy during your stay. You can go diving, play volleyball, do gymnastics, windsurfing, catamaran, kayaking, body-boarding, golf and many water sports at the beach. At night, you mustn’t miss the different shows and live music organized for you by our entertainers. If you want to go dancing, we invite you to the “Pacha” club where DJs play the best beats. Your children will have a ball with other children in the Riu Land program, where crafts and sports are just some of the leisure activities organized by entertainers.

Conference Program:


General Scope:

This Conference targets basic, translational and clinical scientists around the world who are interested in relaxin and related peptides, and their receptors. All aspects of basic biology and physiology, as well as potential clinical applications of relaxin and related peptides will be covered. Some of the topics to be included are receptor function and signaling, reproductive and endocrine function, neurobiology, vascular and cardiac actions, matrix remodeling, drug development and novel therapeutic targets.

Registration Fees:

Category Early Bird* Late
Scientist $480 $585
Spouse $220 $275
Trainee/Early Career $280 $380
Industry $730 $865

*Early Bird deadline TBA.

Room Rates (All-Inclusive):


Single Occupancy $1,149 total for 5 nights
Extra nights: $237 per night
Double Occupancy $804 per person total for 5 nights
Extra nights: $164 per person, per night
Triple Occupancy $764 per person total for 5 nights
Extra nights: $162 per person, per night
Child (2-12 years old)* +$78 per night


Single Occupancy $1,294 total for 5 nights
Extra nights: $268 per night
Double Occupancy $904 per person total for 5 nights
Extra nights: $185 per person, per night
Triple Occupancy $859 per person total for 5 nights
Extra nights: $180 per person, per night
Child (2-12 years old)* +$90 per night
*Child rate is valid for a child (2-12 years old) sharing a room with a minimum of two adults (13+ years old).

Room rates include:

  • Accommodations at the Riu Palace Cabo San Lucas for 5 nights
  • Round-trip shared transfers between the airport and hotel
  • All-inclusive (all meals, drinks, gratuities, and taxes are included)
  • Taxes and gratuities

Flight Arrangements:

Classic Travel is happy to help with flight arrangements. Please contact Julie at Classic Travel for flight schedules and prices once they become available beginning mid-June of 2017. If you book your own flights, please forward a copy of the schedule to julie@classictravelusa.com. We require this information to arrange your transfers to/from the hotel.

Travel Insurance:

Optional travel insurance is not included, but highly recommended. The price for travel insurance is based on the trip cost per person and ages of travelers. Please contact Julie at Classic Travel for a quote.

Additional Information:

Passports are required for international travel and should be obtained well in advance. Please ensure that your passport is valid for at least 6 months after your return flight. For more information, visit travel.state.gov.



Land DEPOSIT, in the amount of $200 per person, is due at time of registration to confirm space. Space is limited. First come, first served!

Land FINAL PAYMENT is due by February 15, 2018.

Cancellation Policy:

  • If cancelled by Friday, February 2, 2018, your land is fully refundable.
  • If cancelled February 3-15, 2018, your land penalty is two nights.
  • If cancelled after Thursday, February 15, 2018, your land is non-refundable.

*Flights and travel insurance are non-refundable.


Julie Schafer
Phone: 1-800-965-8522