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Cilia, Mucus & Mucociliary Interactions
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Meeting Cycle

24 Months

Conference Description

Mucociliary clearance is a major defense mechanism in the airways, and deficiencies in this process can lead to severe lung diseases, including cystic fibrosis, asthma, chronic bronchitis, primary ciliary dyskinesia, and pneumonia. In addition, it is a key parameter determining sensitivity to air pollution and cigarette smoke. The fields of cilia, mucus and mucociliary interactions represent different scientific disciplines that are highly relevant to each other, yet rarely combined into a common scientific meeting. The scientific importance of these areas with respect to normal development, physiology and disease has been increasingly recognized in recent years, and advances in basic understanding of ciliary function as well as mucus composition and secretion have increased possibilities for therapeutic intervention in these diseases at the molecular level. There is still much to learn about lung and conducting airway development and differentiation, and how defects in these processes can lead to disease. Similarly, there presently is very little known about how the various components that contribute to mucus, airway lining fluid, and the periciliary layer are synthesized, packaged, released, and interact with cilia. With the development of new techniques and methods over the last several years, there is strong potential to understand these interactions at a level not previously possible. This Gordon Research Conference serves as a forum where basic and clinical researchers from these diverse disciplines can meet, interact, and bring new basic findings to the translational stage, with the ultimate goal of improving diagnosis and treatment for diseases and disorders involving cilia and mucus.

What is a GRC? Gordon Research Conferences (GRC) are 5-day meetings that bring scientists together from around the world to present and discuss unpublished research with other leaders in their field.

Related Conference

This Gordon Research Conference (GRC) series is related to the "Cilia, Mucus & Mucociliary Interactions" Gordon Research Seminar (GRS) series. Although a related GRS will typically be scheduled in conjunction with its parent GRC each time it meets, that may not always be the case. Refer to the individual meetings in the Meeting History section below for more details. For more information about the associated Gordon Research Seminar (GRS) series, click here.

What is a GRS? Gordon Research Seminars (GRS) are 2-day meetings that bring graduate students and post-docs together to discuss their cutting edge research among peers and mentors. Each GRS immediately precedes an associated Gordon Research Conference (GRC), and topics addressed at the GRS relate closely to the GRC.

Meeting History

YearMeeting NameDatesConference SiteChair(s)
2017 Cilia, Mucus & Mucociliary Interactions
Advancements in Molecular Understanding and Therapeutic Targeting of Mucociliary Disorders
Feb 12-17 Hotel Galvez Elizabeth Smith
Heymut Omran
2015 Cilia, Mucus & Mucociliary Interactions
Translating Assembly and Function to Imaging, Genetics and Therapeutic Discovery
Feb 8-13 Hotel Galvez Steven Brody
David Thornton
2013 Cilia, Mucus & Mucociliary Interactions Apr 7-12 Renaissance Tuscany Il Ciocco Stephen M. King
Martina Brueckner
2011 Cilia, Mucus & Mucociliary Interactions Feb 13-18 Ventura Beach Marriott Mary C. Rose
Burton F. Dickey
2009 Cilia, Mucus & Mucociliary Interactions Feb 22-27 Renaissance Tuscany Il Ciocco George B. Witman
Win Sale
2007 Cilia, Mucus & Mucociliary Interactions Feb 4-9 Ventura Beach Marriott Kenneth B. Adler
Reen Wu
2005 Cilia, Mucus & Mucociliary Interactions Feb 27 - Mar 4 Santa Ynez Valley Marriott Matthias Salathe
Richard Boucher
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