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Atherosclerosis (GRS)
Gordon Research Seminar

Novel Insights into Cellular, Genetic and Metabolic System Interactions


June 17-18, 2017


Grand Summit Hotel at Sunday River
Newry, ME Site Information


Andrew Sage & Sylvia Nuernberg

Application Deadline

Applications for this meeting must be submitted by May 20, 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 April 7, 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 Atherosclerosis is a unique forum for graduate students, post-docs, and other scientists with comparable levels of experience and education to present and exchange new data and cutting edge ideas.

The overarching goal is to provide a forum for leading and emerging scientists to interact informally, discuss the latest discoveries and ideas, and to provide an overview of current research themes in the atherosclerosis field. We aim to provide a platform for young investigators to interact and represent their latest research in a peer-to-peer environment that also includes for the first time career training elements. We expect discussion about novel data on atherogenesis pathways, such as endothelial dysfunction, imbalanced lipid metabolism and clearance, innate immune memory, maladaptive immune responses and the interplay between inflammation and plaque complication.

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 April 7, 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 "Atherosclerosis" 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 April 17, 2017. Please check back for updates.

Keynote Speaker

  • Katey Rayner (University of Ottawa Heart Institute, Canada)
    "Wanted Dead or Alive: Inflammatory Macrophages in Vascular Disease"


  • To Be Selected from Submitted Abstracts

Discussion Leaders

  • Sylvia Nurnberg (University of Pennsylvania, USA)
  • Isabel Schellinger (University Medical Center Gottingen, Germany)
  • Holger Winkels (La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology, USA)

Additional Discussion Leaders May Be Selected from Submitted Abstracts

Mentorship Component

"Taking the Next Step in Your Research Career"

  • Michelle Olive (National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, NIH, USA)
    "Sourcing Support for Your Research"
  • Lauren Celano (Propel Careers, USA)
    "Smooth Transitions – Moving to a Career Outside of Academia"
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