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Protein Processing, Trafficking and Secretion
Gordon Research Conference

Molecular Mechanisms and Translational Approaches to Cancer, Diabetes, Dyslipidemia, Cardiovascular and Neurodegenerative Disorders


July 15-20, 2018


Colby-Sawyer College
New London, NH Site Information


Klaudia Brix

Vice Chair:
Alan D. Attie

Application Deadline

Applications for this meeting must be submitted by June 17, 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 Conference on Protein Processing, Trafficking and Secretion will feature cutting-edge research on the cell biology of the secretory and endocytic pathways. Invited talks will cover the mechanisms, kinetics and regulation of trafficking along these pathways, while highlighting new findings on the biology of the PC's, rhomboids, and other important proteases. Novel treatment options and challenges in developing new drugs will be discussed, thereby also approaching the significance of protein processing in the context of signaling. Thus, the conference will address fundamental implications for important areas of human health and disease.

A strength of this Gordon Conference is the multidisciplinary nature of the research reported, drawing on methodological advances in areas ranging from high-throughput proteomics, to enzymology, imaging, and systems biology. Attendance by under-represented minorities, students, postdoctoral fellows, junior faculty, and faculty from primarily undergraduate institutions is highly encouraged. In addition to the invited talks, several short talks will be presented by Conference participants selected on the basis of submitted abstracts. All applicants are therefore encouraged to submit a brief abstract describing their work. For full consideration, applicants interested in presenting a short talk should submit their application by June 10, 2018. Additionally, ample space and time will be afforded for the presentation and discussion of posters by all Conference attendees.

The Conference will be preceded by the fourth affiliated Gordon Research Seminar (GRS), in which students and postdoctoral researchers will have the opportunity to present their work in talks and posters and to build collaborations and informal networks with their peers prior to the arrival of senior investigators. Interested trainees can find more information on the associated GRS web page (see "Related Meeting" section below).

Alan Attie, Stephanie Duval, Stephen Ireland, Linda van Keimpena, and Klaudia Brix cordially invite your active participation in the 2018 GRS and GRC.

Related Meeting

This GRC will be held in conjunction with the "Protein Processing, Trafficking and Secretion" 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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Session Titles

The Conference will consist of nine sessions, on the topics listed below. The Conference Chair is currently developing their preliminary program, which will include the names of the invited speakers and discussion leaders for each of these sessions. The preliminary program will be available by November 15, 2017. Please check back for updates.

  • New Takes on Transport Along the Secretory Pathway
  • Endocytic Pathway Trafficking and Connections to the Secretory Pathway
  • Updates on Processing (and Beyond) in the Secretory and Endocytic Pathways
  • Novel Treatment Mechanisms Targeting Diabetes, Obesity, Metabolic Syndrome et al.
  • Significance of Intra-Membrane Proteolysis
  • Protein Processing in Development, Reproduction, and Ageing
  • Secretory Proteases and Inhibitors in Health and Disease
  • Challenges in Defining Therapeutic Approaches Targeting Protein Processing
  • Systems Biology Approaches to Understand the Tasks of Protein Processing in Signaling
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