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Lipids, Molecular & Cellular Biology of
Gordon Research Conference

Lipids in Signaling and Metabolism


July 30 - August 4, 2017


Waterville Valley
Waterville Valley, NH Site Information


David A. Bernlohr

Vice Chair:
Todd R. Graham

Application Deadline

Applications for this meeting must be submitted by July 2, 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

The 2017 Gordon Research Conference (GRC) on Molecular and Cellular Biology of Lipids brings together leading scientists in the lipid field to present and discuss their research and to facilitate research advances. This Lipids GRC has been held every other year for almost 50 years and is internationally recognized as the major forum for the presentation of ground breaking and innovative research in prokaryotic and eukaryotic lipid biochemistry, signaling and regulation of gene expression. In 2017, the Conference will focus heavily on the continuing emergence of lipids in the underlying mechanisms linked to the development of chronic diseases like obesity, hepatic steatosis, cardiomyopathy, atherosclerosis, and diabetes. Innovations include the selection of a) speakers who are new to this conference and international conference, b) novel topics that have not previously received attention, c) enhanced opportunities for junior and senior investigators to engage in scientific discussion and d) expanded poster session and opportunities to give short "late-breaking" talks. New topics include autophagy, signal transduction and gene expression, the microbiome, lipid droplet biology, and lipid microdomains. A continuing innovation within the Lipids GRC is the speakers' lunch where we set aside specific tables where junior participants can meet the speakers for lunch. Keynote speakers have been chosen for their excellence, expertise and engagement and will kick off the meeting with an evening session followed by a social mixer. The intimate atmosphere of the meeting is limited to ~150 participants which enables attending scientists to interact closely with each other. The resulting discussions drive future advances and multidisciplinary collaborations in the field. Participants and speakers have been and will be chosen to reflect international excellence in this medically relevant area of science, with an ideal balance between youth and experience. The program includes outstanding women and men, and scientists of different ethnicities and nationalities. Facilities are available to accommodate handicapped individuals and the site has numerous activities for children so as to encourage attendance by families.


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 30, 2017. Please check back for updates.

  • Keynote Session: Lipids in Signaling and Metabolism
    (David Bernlohr / Rosalind Coleman / Jean Schaffer)
  • Regulation of Intracellular Lipid Storage and Utilization
    (Judith Storch / Dawn Brasaemle / Brian Finck / Douglas Mashek)
  • Autophagy and Lipid Metabolism
    (Jean Schaffer / Martin Graef / Jennifer Lippincott-Schwartz)
  • Intracellular Lipid Trafficking
    (Rosalind Coleman / Jessica Ellis / Judith Storch / Silvana Zanlungo)
  • The Microbiome and Lipid Metabolism
    (Douglas Mashek / M. Stephen Trent)
  • Membrane Microdomains; Structure and Function
    (Dawn Brasaemle / Mary Kraft / Paul Pilch)
  • Regulation and Function of Phospholipid Metabolism
    (Todd Graham / Nihal Altan-Bonnet / Steven Claypool)
  • Lipid-Mediated Signal Transduction
    (Brian Finck / Heather Bradshaw / George Carman / Nils Faergeman)
  • Transcriptional Control in Lipid Metabolism
    (Nils Faergeman / Soonkyu Chung / Timothy Osborne)
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