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Antimicrobial Peptides
Basic and Translational Aspects
May 3-8, 2015
Renaissance Tuscany Il Ciocco Resort
Lucca (Barga), Italy

Application Deadline
Applications for this meeting must be submitted by April 5, 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.
Related Meeting Information
The Antimicrobial Peptides Gordon Research Conference will be held in conjunction with the Antimicrobial Peptides Gordon Research Seminar. Those interested in attending both meetings must submit an application for the GRS in addition to an application for the GRC. Please refer to the Antimicrobial Peptides GRS web page for more information.

Antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) are essential components of host defense against infections present in all domains of life. These peptides display marked activity against bacteria, fungi, viruses and parasites. But it has become increasingly clear however that AMPs and structurally related peptides also possess functions distinct from this broad-spectrum antimicrobial activity. These include realisation of roles in inflammation, immunity, wound healing and also fertility. The focus of the 2015 Gordon Conference of Antimicrobial Peptides is clear from its subtitle: basic and translational aspects. These aspects will be discussed by invited speakers, but also by scientists that submit abstracts to the meeting. The conference is aimed at scientists from a diverse array of disciplines, including microbiology, biochemistry, animal and plant biology, medicine, immunology, cell biology and drug development. The Conference will address the most innovative and up-to-date science on a range of topics in the field of AMPs research, and seek to integrate the different perspectives on the role of AMPs. AMPs play a major role at epithelial surface, where commensal and pathogenic micro-organisms are present. The intriguing insights provided by analysis of the microbiome at these epithelial surfaces will therefore have a major impact on our understanding of the role of AMPs at these surfaces. Other sessions will be focused on: regulation of expression of AMPs; microbial mechanisms to prevent the cytotoxic activity of AMPs; and their role in health and disease. Application of AMPs as therapeutics, and opportunities for use in agriculture and infection control will also be discussed.

The informal and collegial atmosphere of the Conference is an ideal environment for scientific discussions and brainstorming, in formal and informal settings throughout the day. The presence of scientist from different disciplines offers opportunities for discussions that few meetings provide, in and outside the unique "Late-Breaking Topics Corner".


Preliminary Program

A list of preliminary session topics and speakers is displayed below (discussion leaders are noted in italics). The detailed program is currently being developed by the Conference Chair and will be available by January 3, 2015. Please check back for updates.

  • Keynote Session: The Impact of Dysbiosis, Infection Models and AMPs
    (Gill Diamond / Keynote: Richard Flavell / Keynote: Lalita Ramakrishnan)
  • AMPs and the Microbiome at Epithelial Surfaces
    (Donald Davidson / Mathias Hornef / Benjamin Marsland / Birgit Schittek / Nita Salzman)
  • AMPs Throughout Evolution
    (Eefjan Breukink, Gudmundur Hrafn Gudmundsson / Mande Holford)
  • Mechanism of Antimicrobial Action of AMPs
    (William Shafer / Daniel Wozniak / Shonna McBride / Michaela Wenzel / Kimberly Kline)
  • AMPs as Immune Modulators
    (Anne Van Der Does / Robert Hancock / Mohini Gray / Henk Haagsman)
  • AMP Dysfunction: Role in Disease
    (Robert Bals / Edward Hollox / Paul McCray, Jr. / Lhousseine Touqui / Julien Diana)
  • Novel Functions of AMPs
    (Neeloffer Mookherjee, Aaron Weinberg / Sergio Lira / David Hoskin)
  • Novel AMPs
    (Adrian Gombart, Jens Schroeder / Marc Devocelle / Michael Otto / Kev Dhaliwal / Peter Nibbering)
  • Applications of AMPs: Putting Them to Work
    (Michael Zasloff, Jan Wehkamp / Birgitta Agerberth / Victor Nizet)

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