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Barrier Function of Mammalian Skin
Defining, Investigating and Surmounting the Barrier
August 16-21, 2015
Waterville Valley
Waterville Valley, NH

Application Deadline
Applications for this meeting must be submitted by July 19, 2015. Please apply early, as some meetings become oversubscribed (full) before this deadline. If the meeting is oversubscribed, it will be stated here. Note: Applications for oversubscribed meetings will only be considered by the Conference Chair if more seats become available due to cancellations.

The 14th Barrier Function of Mammalian Skin Gordon Research Conference is scheduled for August 16-21st, 2015 at the Waterville Valley Resort in New Hampshire, USA. This conference represents the primary international research forum on the mammalian barrier, and is focused on biophysical, biological, and clinical aspects of barrier formation and function in health and disease. To highlight important and novel perspectives, the organizers have assembled an outstanding list of speakers, and will again highlight a "Late-Breaking Topics / Young Investigators" session, wherein six-to-seven presentations will be given by young scientists, describing their most-recent research.

This popular conference is generally fully- to-over-subscribed, which makes it possible to accept an optimal mix of attendees from academics, industry and government, as well as a mix of young and established scientists. Submitted abstracts will be used not only to assist with consideration for conference participation, but also for the selection of presenters for the "Late-Breaking Topics" session. The organizers have made a concerted effort to recruit speakers and encourage attendees from around the world.

This Barrier Gordon Conference will provide new insights into the origin, function, maintenance, and repair of the mammalian skin barrier, including the penetration of drugs and exclusion of toxins and pathogens. An array of important topics has been selected, with sessions and/or presentations devoted to: Normal and Pathological Responses to Barrier Disruption, Overcoming the Barrier in Delivering Therapeutics, Regulating Barrier Formation and Maintenance, New Technology Platforms for Investigating the Barrier, Itch and the Epidermal Barrier, Stratum Corneum Structure and Function, and Skin Barrier in Health and Disease. To complement these diverse themes, four evening poster sessions are scheduled, with up to 30 presentations each. In addition, a stimulating and entertaining Discussion Forum, on the topic "In Vitro vs. In Vivo Models of Barrier Function” is scheduled for the final evening.


Preliminary Program

The topics and speakers for the conference sessions are displayed below (italics denote discussion leaders). The Conference Chair is currently developing their detailed program, which will include the complete meeting schedule, as well as the talk titles for all speakers. The detailed program will be available by April 16, 2015. Please check back for updates.

  • Keynote Session: Progress in Defining, Investigating and Surmounting the Barrier
    (Theodora Mauro, Philip Wertz / Peter Elias / Richard Guy / Lars Norlen)
  • Normal and Pathological Responses to Barrier Disruption
    (Steven Hoath, Maria Morasso / Allan Balmain / Irwin McLean / Ralf Paus / Fiona Watt)
  • Overcoming the Barrier in Delivering Therapeutics
    (Gerald Kasting, Erwin Tschachler / Adrian Davis / Mike Farwick / Amy Paller / Samir Mitragotri)
  • Regulating Barrier Formation and Maintenance
    (Nava Dayan, Cristina De Guzman Strong / Masayuki Amagai / Thomas Magin / Carien Niessen / Sabine Werner)
  • New Technology for Investigating / Penetrating the Barrier
    (Marek Haftek, Michael Roberts / Roger Kaspar / Kevin Mills / Xiao-Jing Wang / Gabriel Wittum)
  • Itch and the Epidermal Barrier
    (Lisa Beck, Ellen Lumpkin / Ethan Lerner / Sarah Ross / Gil Yosipovitch / Rox Anderson)
  • Late-Breaking Topics / Young Investigator Presentations
    (Joachim Fluhr, Reinhard H. Neubert)
  • Stratum Corneum Structure and Function: What Is New?
    (Joke Bouwstra, Juergen Lademann / Gerald Brezesinski / Alain Hovnanian / Daniel Huster / Andrzej Slominski)
  • Skin Barrier in Health and Disease / In Vitro vs In Vivo Models of Barrier Function
    (Heidi Kong, Birgit Lane, Walter Holleran, Gopinathan Menon / Matthew Hardman / Johannes Wohlrab / Jonathan Garlick / Spiro Getsios / Arup Indra / Jerrold Turner)

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