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Cell Growth & Proliferation
Gordon Research Conference

Mechanisms of Cell Division with Special Emphasis on Cancer


July 9-14, 2017


Mount Snow
West Dover, VT Site Information


Peter Sicinski

Vice Chair:
Jeanette G. Cook

Application Deadline

Applications for this meeting must be submitted by June 11, 2017. 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.

Meeting Description

Proliferation of cells represents one of the most fundamental biological processes. The core cell cycle machinery that drives cell proliferation has been conserved from yeast to humans. Proper spatial and temporal control of cell division is essential to allow normal organismal development, and to maintain physiological homeostasis. Abnormal and uncontrolled cell proliferation leads to several pathological states, most notably cancer. Despite decades of research, our understanding of mechanisms governing cell proliferation in normal tissues and in cancer remains very incomplete. The 2017 Gordon Research Conference on Cell Growth and Proliferation will provide a venue to present the most recent discoveries in the field. Leaders in the field will discuss their unpublished work involving cutting-edge approaches and topics, such as studies of normal stem cells and cancer "stem cell-like" cells, analyses of cell populations at a single cell resolution, elucidating the links between cell proliferation and cell metabolism, as well as the roles of non-coding RNAs and epigenetic modifications in regulating cell proliferation. The Conference will focus on abnormal cell proliferation in cancer. Speakers will discuss a range of topics from the use of mouse cancer models to cell cycle-focused targeted therapies for cancer patients. The talks will also cover other aspects of cancer cell proliferation, including aberrant chromosome separation and aneuploidy, proteolysis and cancer, as well as DNA damage and cancer. Because of the emphasis on novelty, the Chairs plan to select approximately half of the talks from submitted abstracts. Hence, the Chairs invite Principal Investigators and trainees from academia and industry to register and submit their most recent work. We also encourage students and post-docs to attend the associated Gordon Research Seminar (GRS) that will immediately precede the research conference. This seminar will offer a great opportunity for networking with other trainees and with Principal Investigators, and to give oral presentations.

Related Meeting

This GRC will be held in conjunction with the "Cell Growth & Proliferation" Gordon Research Seminar (GRS). Those interested in attending both meetings must submit an application for the GRS in addition to an application for the GRC. Refer to the associated GRS program page for more information.


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 March 9, 2017. Please check back for updates.

  • Keynote Session: Normal and Cancer Stem Cells
    (Peter Sicinski / Robert Weinberg / Elaine Fuchs / Carla Bender Kim)
  • Single Cell Level Resolution Analyses
    (Carla Bender Kim / Dana Peer / Tobias Meyer / Sabrina Spencer)
  • Linking Cell Proliferation and Metabolism
    (Karen Knudsen / Matthew Vander Heiden / Robert Abraham / Jan Skotheim)
  • Normal and Cancer Cell Cycles
    (Sabrina Spencer / Marcos Malumbres / Terry Orr-Weaver / Hideyuki Saya)
  • Cell Cycle, Proteolysis and Cancer
    (Marcos Malumbres / Michele Pagano / Brenda Schulman)
  • Chromosome Separation, Aneuploidy and Cancer
    (Jiri Bartek / Angelika Amon / Hyunsook Lee / David Pellman / Jonathon Pines)
  • Cell Proliferation, DNA Damage and Cancer
    (Jeanette Cook / Jiri Bartek / Anindya Dutta / Michael Karin)
  • Cancer
    (Mariano Barbacid / Jacqueline Lees / Martine Roussel / Sohail Tavazoie / George Tsao)
  • Cell Cycle-Focused Targeted Therapies
    (Jacqueline Lees / Karen Knudsen / Mariano Barbacid / Jeffrey Engelman / Shiva Malek / Helen Piwnica-Worms)
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