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Marine Natural Products
Gordon Research Conference

Innovations in Marine Natural Products Research: From Discovery to Application


March 4-9, 2018


Four Points Sheraton / Holiday Inn Express
Ventura, CA Site Information


Paul R. Jensen

Vice Chair:
Kirk R. Gustafson

Application Deadline

Applications for this meeting must be submitted by February 4, 2018. 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 2018 Gordon Research Conference on Marine Natural Products embraces the remarkable innovations that are being made in this field. While once largely focused on compound discovery, marine natural products research has moved in exciting new directions driven by advances in analytical techniques, omic sciences, pharmacology, and synthetic biology. Marine natural products continue to reveal unique chemical scaffolds that provide inspiration for synthetic chemists and leads for drug development. Their exquisite interactions with molecular targets provide new pharmacological insights while their ecological functions reveal the important roles they play in structuring marine communities. This conference will bring together new and established researchers from industry, government, and academia, in an interactive environment geared to stimulate scientific creativity and exchange. It will address the latest advances in the field and provide exposure to related fields where the technologies may prove inspirational. A Gordon Research Seminar preceding the Conference will build expertise and communication among early career researchers, with several presentations selected for short talks at the GRC. This conference will be geared towards providing opportunities for established researchers to share their expertise and the next generation of researchers to develop ideas that will take the field into the future.

Note: The format for this conference has been changed from previous years to include a new category entitled “selected talks”, which will be chosen from the abstracts. If you are interested in being considered for a selected talk, please be sure to indicate this when your abstract is submitted. The deadline for selected talk abstract submission is 4 January 2018.

Related Meeting

This GRC will be held in conjunction with the "Marine Natural Products" 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.


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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 November 4, 2017. Please check back for updates.

  • Phytoplankton Chemical Cues and Toxins
    (William Fenical / Julia Kubanek / Kathi Lefebvre)
  • "Omic" Methods in Natural Product Research
    (Marnix Medema / Jorn Piel / Abraham Badu-Tawiah / Rolf Muller)
  • Synthetic and Biosynthetic Advances in Natural Product Research
    (Bradley Moore / Daniel Romo / Anne Osbourn)
  • Identification and Pre-Clinical Development of Marine Natural Products
    (Amy Wright / Shmuel Carmeli / Michele Prinsep / Raymond Andersen)
  • Developing the Next Generation of Pharmaceuticals
    (Eduardo Esquenazi / Carmen Cuevas / Esther Schmitt)
  • Mechanisms of Action and Molecular Targets
    (Leticia Costalotufo / Jim McKerrow / Barry O'Keefe / Edmund Graziani)
  • Chemical Mediated Interactions
    (Margo Haygood / Valerie Paul / Paul Straight)
  • Methodological Advances in Natural Product Research
    (Roger Linington / William Metcalf / Lixin Zhang / Tim Bugni)
  • Keynote Session: Future Directions in Marine Natural Products Research
    (Kirk Gustafson / Marcel Jaspars / William Gerwick)
  • Power Hour
    (Lena Gerwick)
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