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Cannabinoid Function in the CNS (GRS)
Gordon Research Seminar

Molecular and Neuronal Networks of the Endocannabinoid System for Future Therapeutic Perspectives


August 19-20, 2017


Waterville Valley
Waterville Valley, NH Site Information


Ozge Gunduz-Cinar & Daniela Neuhofer

Application Deadline

Applications for this meeting must be submitted by July 22, 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.

GRS Speaker Abstract Deadline: Although applications will be accepted until the date noted above, any applicants who wish to be considered for an oral presentation should submit their application by May 19, 2017. Please refer to the application instructions in the Meeting Description section below for more details (if available).

Meeting Description


The Gordon Research Seminar on Cannabinoid Function in the CNS provides a unique opportunity for young scientists to share cutting edge research ideas and build long-lasting networks with colleagues and leaders in the cannabinoid field during a critical point in their careers. The small, collaborative atmosphere of these seminars encourages meaningful interactions and open discussions of unpublished work that are required to push back the frontiers of cannabinoid neurobiology. The 4th Gordon Research Seminar on Cannabinoid Function in the CNS will explore cannabinoid signaling molecules and systems, how they function within networks and how they can be harnessed for their therapeutic potential in treating neurological conditions and disease. This seminar will feature a keynote lecture delivered by Dr. George Koob. Attendees will also have the opportunity to interact with a diverse set of mentors in the scientific community in career paths within and beyond academia.

Application Instructions

The meeting will feature approximately 10 talks and 2 poster sessions. All attendees are expected to actively participate in the GRS either by giving an oral presentation or presenting a poster. Therefore, all applications must include an abstract.

The Chairs will select speakers from abstracts submitted by May 19, 2017. Those applicants who are not chosen for talks and those who apply after the deadline to be considered for an oral presentation will be expected to present a poster. In order to participate, you must submit an application by the date indicated in the Application Deadline section above.

Program Format

Saturday Sunday
  • Introductory Comments: 3:30 pm - 3:45 pm
  • Introductory Science Session: 3:45 pm - 4:30 pm
  • Poster Session I: 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
  • Dinner: 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
  • Evening Science Session: 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
  • Breakfast: 7:30 am - 8:30 am
  • Morning Science Session: 9:00 am - 11:00 am
  • Poster Session II: 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
  • Lunch: 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
  • Concluding Science Session: 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
  • Evaluation Period: 2:30 pm - 3:00 pm
  • Program for related GRC begins: 6:00 pm

Related Meeting

This GRS will be held in conjunction with the "Cannabinoid Function in the CNS" Gordon Research Conference (GRC). Those interested in attending both meetings must submit an application for the GRC in addition to an application for the GRS. Refer to the associated GRC program page for more information.


Preliminary Program Outline

An outline of the program components for this GRS is displayed below. The Conference Chair is currently developing their detailed program schedule, which will include the speakers they select from submitted abstracts, in addition to any additional components outlined below. The detailed program will be available by June 19, 2017. Please check back for updates.

Keynote Speaker

  • George Koob (National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, NIH, USA)
    "Neurobiology of Addiction: A Negative Reinforcement Perspective"


  • To Be Selected from Submitted Abstracts

Discussion Leaders

  • To Be Selected from Submitted Abstracts

Mentorship Component

"Building Your Network"

  • Roger Cachope (CHDI Foundation, USA)
  • Brian Mathur (University of Maryland School of Medicine, USA)
  • Alex Goddard (Tal Medical, USA)
  • Beth Babecki (National Institute on Drug Abuse, NIH, USA)
  • Zoe Hughes (Pfizer, USA)
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