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Cilia, Mucus & Mucociliary Interactions (GRS)
Gordon Research Seminar

Interdisciplinary Approaches to Investigate Cilia, Mucus, and Mucociliary Interactions Throughout the Body


February 11-12, 2017


Hotel Galvez
Galveston, TX


Adrianne L. Stefanski & Tabea Menchen

Meeting Description

The Gordon Research Seminar on Cilia, Mucus, and Mucociliary Interactions will provide a unique and engaging forum for graduate students, post-doctoral researchers, and trainees from around the world to present their novel research, learn from the work of others, and to establish new relationships and collaborations.

Mucus, cilia and their interactions fulfill important vital functions, such as critical airway defense in the respiratory tract. Additionally, mucus, cilia, and/or their interactions also play necessary roles in diverse organ systems including the gastrointestinal tract, the reproductive tract, and the brain. This first-time GRS seeks to bring together aspiring scientists engaging in research related to cilia, mucus, and their interactions throughout the entire body.

Related Meeting

This GRS was held in conjunction with the "Cilia, Mucus & Mucociliary Interactions" Gordon Research Conference (GRC). Refer to the associated GRC program page for more information.


Meeting Program

2:00 pm - 5:00 pmArrival and Check-in
3:30 pm - 3:45 pmIntroductory Comments by GRC Site Staff / Welcome by the GRS Conference Chair
3:45 pm - 4:30 pmKeynote Session: Modeling Human Lung Disease and Development Using Pluripotent Stem Cells
Discussion Leader: Ana Maria Jaramillo (University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, USA)
3:45 pm - 4:15 pmHans-Willem Snoeck (Columbia University, USA)
"Modeling Human Lung Disease and Development Using Pluripotent Stem Cells"
4:15 pm - 4:30 pmDiscussion
4:30 pm - 6:00 pmPoster Session
6:00 pmDinner
7:30 pm - 9:30 pmComposition, Structure, and Function of Cilia and Mucus Throughout the Body
Discussion Leaders: Luke Bonser (University of California, San Francisco, USA) and Peter Walentek (University of California, Berkeley, USA)
7:30 pm - 7:50 pmShiaulou Yuan (Yale University School of Medicine, USA)
"Intraciliary Calcium Oscillations Initiate Vertebrate Left-Right Asymmetry"
7:50 pm - 8:00 pmDiscussion
8:00 pm - 8:20 pmEamon Dubaissi (University of Manchester, United Kingdom)
"Xenopus Epidermal Mucin Forms a Barrier to Infection in Tadpoles"
8:20 pm - 8:30 pmDiscussion
8:30 pm - 8:50 pmNathalie Jurisch-Yaksi (Kavli Institute for Systems Neuroscience / Center for Neural Computation, Norway)
"Motile Cilia Mediated Flow Improves Sensitivity and Temporal Resolution of Olfactory Computations"
8:50 pm - 9:00 pmDiscussion
9:00 pm - 9:20 pmAmanda Smith (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA)
"Investigating SPAG1: A Protein Involved in Pre-Assembly and/or Transport of Dynein Arms"
9:20 pm - 9:30 pmDiscussion
7:30 am - 8:30 amBreakfast
9:00 am - 11:00 amGeneration and Regulation of Cilia, Mucus, and Mucociliary Interactions in Homeostasis and Pathology
Discussion Leaders: Shiaulou Yuan (Yale University School of Medicine, USA) and Gregg Duncan (Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, USA)
9:00 am - 9:20 amXimena Bustamante-Marin (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA)
"GAS2L2, a Gene Related to PCD, Is Required for Proper Cilia Function and Orientation in Human, Mouse and Xenopus"
9:20 am - 9:30 amDiscussion
9:30 am - 9:50 amAna Maria Jaramillo (University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, USA)
"Different Munc18 Proteins Mediate Baseline and Stimulated Airway Mucin Secretion"
9:50 am - 10:00 amDiscussion
10:00 am - 10:15 amJoan Antoni Fernandez-Blanco (University of Gothenburg, Sweden)
"Elastase Modifies the Secretome and Proteome of Bronchoalveolar Epithelial Cells, Inducing Airway Mucus Plugging in Mice"
10:15 am - 10:20 amDiscussion
10:20 am - 10:35 amLuke Bonser (University of California, San Francisco, USA)
"Secretory Airway Epithelial Cell Reprogramming Causes Airway Obstruction in Asthma"
10:35 am - 10:40 amDiscussion
10:40 am - 10:55 amMichael Price (University of Nebraska Medical Center, USA)
"Redox Activation of Airway-Cilia Localized Protein Phosphatase 1 Drives Alcohol-Induced Ciliary Dysfunction"
10:55 am - 11:00 amDiscussion
11:00 am - 12:30 pmPoster Session

Coffee will be served in the poster area from 11:00 am - 11:30 am
12:30 pmLunch
1:30 pm - 2:30 pmMentorship Component: Research and Career Development
Discussion Leader: Petra Pennekamp (Universitätsklinikum Münster, Germany)
1:30 pm - 2:30 pmPanel Discussion
"Research and Career Development"
  • Hans-Willem Snoeck (Columbia University, USA)
  • Christopher Evans (University of Colorado Denver, USA)
  • Amy Firth (University of Southern California, USA)
2:30 pm - 3:00 pmEvaluation Period
Fill in GRS Evaluation Forms
3:00 pmSeminar Concludes

Funding for this conference was made possible (in part) by 1R13HL135935-01 from the National Institutes of Health. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.
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